@pturmel, et al, do you have any knowledge, contacts, etc on any existing automated systems to manipulate inventory? I can’t find anything online except software management suites, maybe I’m searching with the wrong keywords, not sure.
I’m considering doing my master’s thesis on a system to automate fabric handling at the plant I work at. We have Lowe’s Hardware/Home Depot type shelving that contains thousands of fabric bolts (horizontally). These are all picked and placed manually from forklifts. I was thinking of designing a CNC-based solution that could remove a fabric bolt and place on a conveyor belt.