The tasks within the Deep Picking project include the following areas:

  • Project coordination
  • Development of software components
  • Object position detection and gripping point search with the help of machine learning for model-free and model-based applications

The successful implementation of these versatile tasks requires the bundling of different competences from industry and research.

Drag and bot GmbH is a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart. The company currently has 15 employees, including its 4 founders. drag and bot develops manufacturer-independent software for the simple and intuitive programming of industrial robots. The focus is on the graphic user interface, which enables programs to be created quickly and flexibly using drag and drop from prefabricated function blocks.

You can find more information about drag and bot GmbH here.

Premium Robotics GmbH, founded in March 2017, deals with the development, construction and sale of highly innovative robot systems for handling piece goods in the warehouses of trading companies, manufacturing companies and logistics service providers. Applications are, for example, depalletizing, repalletizing onto other pallet formats or order picking. One advantage is that the robot systems are comparatively small and can be used at different points in the warehouse; the investment hurdle is low compared to a fully automated warehouse. Core technologies and USP are gripping technology, image processing and control technology. Premium Robotics has its own patents for this and also has an exclusive license agreement with the Fraunhofer Society.

More information about Premium Robotics can be found here.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart is one of the largest institutes in the Fraunhofer Society and employs almost 1,000 people. The “Robot and Assistance Systems” department involved in Deep Picking designs, with over 60 scientists, automation solutions for commercial applications, the service sector and everyday support for private individuals. The department is characterized by its many years of competence in all subject areas that are required for the development of robot systems and their key technologies. In industrial robotics, handling technologies are further developed with the help of 3D image processing and machine learning. The Fraunhofer IPA is also known for developing innovative handling software, such as the bin picking software bp3TM, which is already used in production systems for component separation.

The website of the Robot and assistive systems department can be found here.