Warehouse Robotics in Supply Chain

Linda James, Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 25, 2021

AMRs use sophisticated sensor technology to deliver inventory all over the warehouse. They do not need a predetermined route between places.

FREMONT, CA : The industrial society is held together by the logistics industry. It contains a large number of different methods. Those processes include ordering, transportation, warehousing, picking, packaging, delivery, inventory, and routing, to name a few. As a result, robotic logistics refers to the use of robotics in one or more of these applications. Robotic palletizing, robotic sorting, robotic picking, which is widely used in warehousing, and any other logistics software solutions are only a few examples of common robotic applications.

So, what kinds of robots would be beneficial in the warehouse?

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)

AMRs use sophisticated sensor technology to deliver inventory all over the warehouse. They do not need a predetermined route between places. These robots can use charts, computers, and onboard sensors to recognize and view their surroundings. These warehouse robots are small and nimble, with the ability to accurately classify and sort the information on each box. They eliminated the inefficient manual process that is vulnerable to human error.

Aerial Drones

Aerial drones can help warehouse inventory processes run more smoothly. They can search locations for automated inventory in a matter of seconds. Additionally, they can check inventory much quicker than humans and submit an accurate count to the warehouse inventory management program almost instantly. These drones can navigate without the use of markers or lasers. They do not take up any valuable warehouse space. They can fly easily and help in difficult-to-reach locations.

Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS and RS)

Robot-assisted automated storage and retrieval systems may position or retrieve loads from predetermined storage locations. Depending on the device required, the type of job, or the products they will be working with, AS and RS differ. They can be configured to act as a craft that follows a predetermined route or as a crane that retrieves goods between aisles. Aisle climbing robots also retrieve customers' orders.

These robotics free up employees' time, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks like packaging and shipping the products.

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