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How Robots can be a Supply Chain Asset
Warehouse managers are looking for ways to automate their processes as the warehouse race heats up. One method they're employing is the use of heavy-lifting robots
Fremont, CA: End-to-end supply chain management is a critical component of today's globally competitive enterprise. Shipments are sorted, packaged, and loaded for delivery before being delivered to customers. There are many moving parts in these processes, and robots can improve the efficiency of many of these functions.
Unstoppable robots have matured in recent years to be an integral part of many logistics operations, from the dock to the destination, whether they work alongside people or relieve them of doing other value-added tasks.
Here are some noteworthy examples of how robots can give returns on investment:
Lifting heavy loads: Warehouse managers are looking for ways to automate their processes as the warehouse race heats up. One method they're employing is the use of heavy-lifting robots. FANUC has created car-lifting robots. Vecna Robotics unveiled its next-generation autonomous counterbalanced fork truck in December, capable of lifting heavy loads up to 12 feet.
Moving shelves: Amazon.com purchased Kiva Systems in 2012 and now uses robots to move shelves in its warehouses, eliminating the requirement for humans to perform this time-consuming and error-prone task. Amazon warehouses are filled with small orange robots manufactured by Amazon Robotics, which are overseen by one person.
Picking and packing: Robots can now pick items off shelves, package them, and transport them to a parking lot. FANUC, the world's largest manufacturer of industrial robots, has already developed machines that can pick and package virtually any product. Crocs, a footwear company, credited 6 River Systems' Chuck mobile robots with assisting it in meeting increased demand while also increasing output during the pandemic. Crocs executives claimed that using Chucks resulted in fewer errors and increased efficiency.