Automated Shipboard Build-up of Customized Pallet Loads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0161
Agency Tracking Number: N101-091-0510
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-091
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
DUNS: 094078958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andreas Hofmann
 Director Of Machine Learn
 (617) 864-0636
Business Contact
 Michael Bearman
Title: Vice President/General Co
Phone: (240) 965-4500
Research Institution
Currently the assembly of pallets by sailors asea and ashore is a time consuming process that requires additional space and materials, which are both at a premium on deployed ships. We proposed a small mobile hydraulic palletizing system that will minimize the need for personnel and increase accuracy in assembling customized pallets. Using pattern recognition and 3D pose estimation combined with information in Navy item catalogs, the system identifies the contents of a source package and its orientation and then places the package onto a destination pallet according to palletizing optimization algorithms that make the best use of available space. The system makes use of the high power density of hydraulics to provide increased strength in a smaller platform as opposed to other solutions.

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