3-D IMAGING: Vision-based robot picks plates from pallets
Established in 1853, Jøtul (Fredrikstad, Norway; www.jotul.com) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cast-iron stoves and fireplaces. Designed in a modular fashion, the stoves are built from a number of cast-iron plates that compose the side panels and interior of the stove. These are produced at Jøtul and are stored in 1.2 × 0. 8 × 0.5-m pallets that each contains typically 50 cast iron pieces laying in semirandom order.