Smarter Robots Will Be Critical to Handling DC Order Volumes, Speeds and Complexities
Today’s distribution center (DC) operations are struggling to keep pace with the speed and complexity of modern e-commerce. U.S. online distribution volume grew faster in 2017 than it has since 2011,¹ and continues to accelerate at around 25 percent each year.²
Integrating Various DC Automation Systems Under One Umbrella
Warehouse execution systems (WES) have advanced significantly in recent years, securing an essential place among other types of distribution software as a key enabler of productivity required to succeed in today’s competitive retail climate.
Automated Assistance Throughout Your DC
Supplied in collaboration with Fetch Robotics, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are capable of transporting loads up to 1,500 kilograms.
Robotic Each Picking Boosts Speed and Efficiency
AI-powered autonomous robots use sophisticated gripping and vision technology to augment your human workforce in each order picking applications. Integrated in collaboration with Soft Robotics, these picking robots are able to grasp objects with dexterity comparable to the human hand, retrieving, sorting and fulfilling orders at rates of more than 600 picks per robot per hour.
Improve Productivity and Reallocate Staff
Robotic sortation induction systems can handle a variety of common package sizes and types, including boxes, polybags and jiffy bags. Designed to fit existing workflows and handle the typical products seen in postal and e-commerce applications, the solution keeps integration costs and technical risks low. Automated label orientation improves the efficiency of sortation systems further down the line, while optimized sorter tray loading enables your site to handle larger product volumes.
Make Unloading Efficient and Automated
Advanced machine learning enables robotic unloaders to unload trucks, trailers and shipping containers in less than half the time while handling products with greater care.
Using a combination of a vacuum arm and a conveyor sweep system, these robots are capable of handling diverse case sizes and weights, even from trailers that haven’t been loaded with robots in mind. Products are discharged in a semi-singulated flow, improving the efficiency of downstream processes, and no fleet modifications are required.
While it’s a known fact that distribution centers (DC) utilize a sizable amount of automation, some estimates claim up to 80 percent of DC activities are still performed by manual labor. But facing persistent labor challenges and unrelenting e-commerce growth, many DC operators are augmenting their workforce with a variety of robotic solutions.
Robotic automation creates jobs