Archive for goods-to-man

Autonomous Mobile Robotics in the Warehouse TODAY?

Last year, ARC Advisory Group published its first formalized research study on the global warehouse automation & control market. The publication was well-received by market participants. Due to the high level of demand, ARC has decided to update the study this year. I came into the office on January 4th with this market study update in mind, thinking to myself “what will I find to be the areas of greatest change over the last year?” […]

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Kiva Systems Acquired at a Very Steep Price!

Amazon.com’s acquisition of Kiva Systems keeps coming up in my conversations with industry peers and colleagues. Kiva is a provider of advanced robotic material handling systems — or looked at in an alternative way, the company brought to market much more intelligent Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) than we had seen before. Adrian wrote about the acquisition shortly after it occurred. Now I’d like to add my two cents. Back in 2009, I wrote a Strategic […]

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Ergonomics and Warehouse Robots

I believe mobile robots will eventually change the face of warehousing. Kiva Systems, for example, has developed robots for each picking that can retrieve a small, square rack with multiple slots. The robot brings the rack to the worker, spins it so the correct facing is towards the picker, and then the slot to be picked lights up. Alternatively, if you were building mixed SKU case pallets, the robots would retrieve a pallet and bring […]

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