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10IPT: Kiva Robots Case Study

posted Mar 20, 2012, 1:45 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 8:31 PM ]
Communications systems are just to help people talk to each other, right? Well, people aren't the only ones who need to talk to each other - robots need to talk too if they're going to work together! Watch the following videos: 
Pretty incredible, right? After watching the videos, you can read the article Three Engineers, Hundreds of Robots, One Warehouse to get a better handle on the details of the situation. On that basis, complete the following tasks: 
  1. Construct a system diagram for a warehouse using the Kiva robots. 
  2. Construct a data flow diagram that outlines the process of a single order (comprised of several items) being assembled. 
  3. Discuss the incorporation of technology, particularly focusing on communications systems, into the warehouse packing industry.