Pallet racking is a fundamental component within the manufacturing, storage, and distribution centers of companies around the World. It requires continuous inspection and maintenance to guarantee the protection of stock and the safety of personnel. At present, racking inspection is manually carried out by certified inspectors, leading to operational down-time, inspection costs and missed damage due to human error. As companies transition toward smart manufacturing, we present an autonomous racking inspection mechanism using a MobileNetV2-SSD architecture. We propose a solution that is affixed to the adjustable cage of a forklift truck, enabling adequate coverage of racking in the immediate vicinity. Our proposed approach leads to a classifier that is optimized for deployment onto edge devices, providing real-time alerts of damage to forklift drivers, with a mean average precision of 92.7%.
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing
Issue number4
Early online date8 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


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