The rise of e-commerce means that there are now more and more orders coming in during peak timeframes, with customers expecting faster, cheaper, and more accurate order fulfillments. To improve efficiencies, automate manual processes and fully optimize fulfillment operations, you must navigate a labyrinth of workers, material handling equipment and numerous software systems. Learn how the Momentum™ warehouse execution system (WES) by Honeywell Intelligrated can help.
Honeywell Robotics uses advanced vision-guided robotic technology, machine learning-based decision making and sophisticated AI — similar to that of driverless vehicles — combined with integrated controls and conveyors to automate the freight unloading process.
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.
By connecting processes, workers and equipment within the DC and across the enterprise, companies have the power to make informed decisions, cut costs, and deliver the highest possible customer service levels.
The Connected Distribution Center supports a predictive, condition-based monitoring approach to asset management, helping retailers increase system reliability, reduce downtime incidents, and lower maintenance costs.
In distribution and fulfillment center operations, utilization is typically defined in terms of getting the maximum capacity out of existing resources. With constant pressure to meet customer service level agreements (SLAs), increase throughput and protect profit margins, effective utilization is critical to running a successful e-commerce business. Unfortunately, many operators either don’t know where to begin or are unaware of existing opportunities to improve utilization in their DCs.
With the average DC now managing 14,000 SKUs, retailers are constantly seeking ways to respond to increasing volumes and scale up the capabilities in their facilities. The Connected Distribution Center allows you to fully utilize your existing operations and manage these increasing complexities:
- Maximize utilization of current and future investments
- Increase agility and the ability to scale to dynamic market requirements
- Effectively manage the proliferation of SKUs and order volumes