Video: Salami-sorting robot


34 Responses to “Video: Salami-sorting robot”

  1. Lobster says:

    Poor robots. They’re going to be totally useless once the Breathatarians over in the “old guy who doesn’t eat” thread prove that you can live on goddess-power alone.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m watching the video on mute with the Allman Brothers’ “Dimples” playing over it. It’s magically delicious. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Offal with Salt is not Salami!

  4. designian says:

    As cool as that is – and it is very cool…. doesn’t it seem like the least efficient method of gathering up four little salami?

  5. Ohhhsnap says:

    That is clearly pepperoni and not salami.

  6. mrjohnso says:

    Sorting salami is a delicate business.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This reminded me of another ABB video. This one is of a pancake stacking robot.

    It makes me wonder why I don’t have a robot to clean my bathroom.

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  9. KurtMac says:

    Just look at it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I could have sworn that read “Salami-snorting robot”. Sounded interesting, and I kept thinking this all the way through this sentence: “…fun video of a giant machine that snorts salami. Something about the way the salami wiggles on the conveyer belt…”

    I REALLY wanted to see this at that point. Then crushing realization set in. Oh well.

  11. geech says:

    I just had the good fortune of watching this with the sound down while Yello – Live at the Roxy played in the background. Salami sublimity

  12. ackpht says:

    Those *are* being sorted- only the salami oriented parallel to the conveyor motion axis are being picked. The end effectors of the robots don’t look as though they could handle a rotated salami. You could build a robot to do that of course, with additional time and money. Note also that the machine “remembers” which packaging spaces have been filled, so there is no vision system scanning the packaging conveyor.

    I agree that this looks like a plug-in replacement for a manual sorting system, rather than a clean-sheet salami packaging process.

    • jackie31337 says:

      “The end effectors of the robots don’t look as though they could handle a rotated salami.”

      I’m sorry, I’m giggling way too much over that than a woman of my age should. *snerk*

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m hungry now.

  14. Anne K. says:

    I nanny for a salami loving three year old who would probably faint from delight upon seeing a video with so much dancing salami.

  15. Adam Fields says:

    For some reason, I originally read this as “salami-snorting robot”. This is not as cool as that would have been.

  16. flappy says:

    Does the robot pick the music, too?

  17. Duffong says:

    At first they’re all jiggly… but then they all settle down because they’re tired.

  18. WalterBillington says:

    The wriggling is their death throes, poor things. You see, they’re a bit of an animal.

  19. Phikus says:

    You can’t hide the salami from these robotic arms!

  20. B. Näslund says:

    Being one who are currently studying to be learn to build this kind of set up I can tell you that it’s more complex than it looks.

    Clips like these makes me all the more sure that I got into the right line of education. Automation and robotics rock!

  21. Robert says:

    Just look at those alien arms harvesting those poor dead Mexican Jumping Worms. Just look at them.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The headline promised ‘sorting’ but the video delivered only ‘picking’. I want my minutes back! And some real salami sorting!

  23. MarkM says:

    I dunno. This seems overengineered. Do you really need
    4 robots to do the organization of the salami?
    Isnt there some way to order it in rows (sans robots) right
    after you produce and encase the salami in plastic?

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are starting from scratch, probably. I would guess that this module is designed to replace human sorters in existing production lines. Minimal down-time and engineering required.

      A good idea. No sapient creature should be doing ridiculous drudge work like sorting sausages.

  24. Anonymous says:

    wouldn’t it be significantly more efficient to prevent the sausages from becoming randomly distributed after their creation in the first place? certainly a nice obeisance to rube-goldberg (or Heath-Robinson-ian if one prefers) this way ..but…?

  25. HotPepperMan says:

    Peperone (to use the correct term) are a variety of salami but not in the form presented here. These things are a sodium, colourant, and ‘bits of animal’ nightmare. Sealed up in plastic and foil… yuk!

    The changing of traditional foods into commercial products is a nightmare to see.

  26. Anonymous says:

    If you watch to the end you find that those are actually Peperami.

  27. Mikey says:

    Like many above, I also happened upon this video with the sound off and music playing…it was Get Innocuous by LCD Soundsystem and it worked great. It even synced a little bit when the robots first start moving.

    If this company can build robots that sort Peperami and pancakes, what can’t they do?

  28. autobulb says:

    Woah. And I thought the robots in “The Second Renaissance” were moving too quickly for reality, but they move the same way!

    Unrelated: I always get excited when boingboing says “Signing you in”, only to get disappointed to have to put in my user name and password for the millionth time.

  29. pinehead says:

    Today, prepackaged salami. Tomorrow, your heart surgery.

    • PapayaSF says:

      That makes me imagine comatose heart patients on a conveyor belt, getting robotic surgery, then having the belt split to move successful surgeries to recovery rooms, and unsuccessful ones directly to the morgue….

  30. RufusTheGreat says:

    Much like Rocky III, I think the action is somewhat entertaining, but the film lacks a cohesive story or plot. I’m left wondering where the salamis came from, why the robots pick those salamis and what happens to the salamis that are not picked. I want to see another film, where the difficulties of being an unpicked salami are explored through a fight with a larger, blonder, Russian salami.

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