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Automation: The Best Thing for Warehouse Workers

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Friday, June 21, 2019

AutomationAutomation reduces human efforts, provides an error-free environment, and increases the efficiency of the output processes.

FREMONT, CA: With the technological development turning regular assembly lines into a robotically controlled supply chain, the automated warehouses have created a tremendous buzz in the industrial ecosystem. However, many professionals are wary of the employment replacement issue, but experts believe it to be otherwise. Even though automation technology can be injected in any stage of a supply chain, but the efficient hybrid human-robot atmosphere has proven to show the perfect results. Embracing an efficient automation technology can decrease human efforts, provide an error-free environment, and increase the efficiency of the output processes.

Center managers carry a hefty overload of responsibilities in a supply chain. Managers control complex areas of inventory, shipping, import, export activities, budgeting, and supervising. In the present day, with the ever-growing work and inventory, managers are concerned with the scalability as U.S. retail sales are projected to be 17 percent by 2022. Furthermore, with the unemployment hikes and population inflation has not only elevated the level of managers’ complexities but also made the processes almost impossible to be fathomed by the human mind. As the difficulties reach beyond unattainable standards, implementing automation seems the only solution to turn things around. Warehouse automation optimizes the managers’ decision making and managing skills and leaves manual picking work for robots to complete. Adopting scalable automation eliminates the inevitable possibility of human error from picking to packing process in a supply chain.

Interlinked robots and heavy machinery throughout the warehouse provides access points to manipulate the speed of cumbersome burden processes without the risk of endangering the human workers. However, efficient functioning of upgraded machinery requires full technical knowledge and mental stamina to operate and maintain machines. Fine tuning and maintenance are necessary to ensure the device is up to date with the safety measurements and certifications. Limitations are also lifted in the order monitoring system and packer platforms with the integration of automation. Inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI) into the workforce makes processing orders, sending invoices and payments receipts works smooth and straightforward. Right research, planning, and training can break the barriers of age-old warehouse systems and make it a productive environment to thrive in.

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