Predictable bin picking of shafts and axles

Name of demonstration

Predictable bin picking of shafts and axles

Main objective

The main objective is to demonstrate reliable bin picking of shafts and axles in real industrial scenarios and to quantify performances in order to confirm the technical readiness of the solution for the industry.

Short description

The seamless integration of a versatile gripper integrated with the Pickit 3D vision platform and specific software for shaft handling, allows a robot manipulator to pick shafts randomly positioned in a bin to feed CNC machines.


This demonstration has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825196.

Owner of the demonstrator

Pickit 3D

Responsible person

Tim Habra, VP Engineering


C25 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment


Robotics, Vision System, industrial robotics, artificial intelligence, Bin-Picking, Machine Vision.

Benefits for the users

Compare to a mechanical feeder, this solution significantly reduces maintenance costs and saves floor space. Also, thanks to its flexibility, it can cover a wide range of parts.

Compared to manual feeding, this solution relieves workers from ergonomic injuries and greatly improves safety.

Finally, the proven gripper design combined with validated performances provides a risk-free solution for system integrators.



The patent-pending gripper builds on the concept of having an adaptable tooltip with a magnet or suction module mounted on a passive rotational axis.

  • It maximizes the likelihood of finding a pickable part compared to a classical straight or slanted tool. This is because the tooltip (in this case, the magnet fingers) can adopt any position within a continuous range between -45 to +45 degrees, instead of only one (straight tool) or two (slanted/eccentric tool) discrete positions.
  • It minimizes the required cell footprint by reducing the robot tilting workspace
  • It simplifies the picking motion and helps to extract part blocked

Risks and limitations

Depending on the number of different parts tha tneed to be picked, different gripper picking modules may be required (suction cup, small or large magnets). For such applications, the picking module has to be manually changed.

Technology readiness level

9 - System/model proven and ready for full commercial deployment

Sectors of application

FORGING: Picking of raw billets to feed the furnace or pick the shafts to load machines., AUTOMOTOVIE FACTORY: feed shafts and axles into CNC machines.

Potential sectors of application

The pipe industry could also benefot from the solution

Patents / Licenses / Copyrights
Hardware / Software


Pickit bin Picker Gripper

Robot arm


Pickit 3D vision platform

No modules assigned


To learn more about the solution, click on the link below to access the training on the Moodle platform
Local demonstrations of predictable bin picking

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