Robots Edge Closer to Unloading Trucks in Amazon-Era Milestone

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    Robots Edge Closer to Unloading Trucks in Amazon-Era Milestone - BNN Bloomberg

    As FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. beef up automation to keep pace with surging e-commerce and a potential threat from Amazon.com Inc., they’ve been stumped at a crucial stage: loading and unloading trucks.

    Robot makers are getting close to solving part of that puzzle.

    Siemens AG and Honeywell International Inc. have built machines that pull packages from the back of a tractor-trailer and place them on conveyor belts, whizzing the parcels off for sorting. Making robots that can load trucks is more complicated, although clearing that hurdle isn’t far off.

    “The biggest challenge in our world is: Every single package is different in size, shape, weight, color, material,” said Ted Dengel, managing director of operations technology at FedEx’s ground-delivery unit. “It makes it a very tricky problem.”

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    Now if they can just figure out how to do that with thousands of different shaped boxes without damaging them it might be impressive
     
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    Front end loader?
     
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