Honeywell creates robotics hub

CHARLOTTE, NC—Honeywell has created Honeywell Robotics, a technology centre of excellence focused on innovating and developing artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and advanced robotics for use across supply chains.

Based in Pittsburgh, the company says Honeywell Robotics will help shape the warehouse and distribution centre of the future, particularly as companies look to automated solutions, software and robotics to deliver increased speed, accuracy and throughput in complex material handling environments.

The centre will be led by Joseph Lui, a robotics expert specializing in digital data, autonomous technologies and the industrial Internet of Things. He previously served as director of industrial IoT and automation technologies, robotics for Amazon.

Establishing the centre is the continuation of Honeywell’s technology transformation, putting investment in partnerships with software vendors, universities, startups and incubators to create new solutions for industrial customers with both simple and complex needs.

Honeywell also is collaborating with AI researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center to develop breakthrough robotics technologies for distribution centers. The company, through its Honeywell Ventures investment fund, has strategic investments in robotics companies, including Soft Robotics and Attabotics, to help automate complex tasks in dynamic environments to maximize productivity and labor efficiency.