Archive for robotics

Autonomous “Cobots” Are Now Proven Warehouse Technologies

Collaborative autonomous robotics (cobots) in the warehouse have progressed considerably over the last few years. They have now proven their ability to significantly increase warehouse worker productivity by a factor of 2x-plus. The next hurdle is return on investment (ROI), which factors costs and time-to-value in with productivity improvements and other financial benefits. Port Logistics Group’s (PLG) analysis of its current Locus Robotics implementation project provides insights into the factors that make such a solution superior to other investment alternatives.

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The Practical Evaluation of Emerging Warehouse Technologies

Today is an exciting time in the world of warehousing and fulfillment operations. The exponential growth of e-commerce is creating an abundance of opportunity for retailers. At the same time, it’s causing serious changes to the demands placed on fulfillment operations. These fulfillment changes are themselves creating a spike in demand for warehouse automation and other fulfillment technologies. But the automation requirements are different than they were in the past. Order volumes and SKU variability […]

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Robotic Piece-Picking Coming to a Warehouse Near You

An interview with RightHand Robotics’ Co-Founder, Leif Jentoft This year’s Promat trade show included many interesting warehouse technologies. I found RightHand Robotics (RHR) RightPick solution to be one of the premier exhibits. RHR had its own booth exhibiting its piece picking solution. But perhaps most impressive was the fact that three RHR partners also chose to exhibit RightPick integrated into automated fulfillment processes such as goods-to-picking tending, sorter induction, and automated packaging. While at the […]

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ProMat 2017- A Balance of Practical and Technical Innovations

Last week’s ProMat trade show in Chicago exhibited many more interesting warehouse technologies than I could possibly view in one day. Thankfully, I was able to touch upon most, but not all, of my “must see technologies.” My high-level take away is that the show exhibited everything from the next high-profile, technical innovations to those that deliver less of a “gee wiz” emotional response, but also are likely to deliver a quicker payback to those companies […]

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MODEX 2016: What’s Hot…What’s Not

I sit tonight, Tuesday, April 5th, writing about MODEX from a public hotel computer. I will fully disclose that I am using a public computer because I spilled coffee on my laptop earlier today. I feel as if I have been accepted into the fraternity of office fools… For those of you unfamiliar with MODEX, it is the sister show to Promat, also hosted by MHI, and similarly focused on material handing and warehouse automation. A full […]

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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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ARC’s Supply Chain Predictions for 2015: Hits and Misses

At the beginning of the year the ARC supply chain team made supply chain predictions for 2015. This article circles back and reports on how we did. Very often any predictions you can make for a one year period are not about a brand new thing that will occur, the prediction is really part of a larger megatrend that has not only been going on for some time but will also continue for many years […]

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Robotic Mobility with Human Assist: Transforming E-Commerce Fulfillment

Last week, I attended my first ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, FL. There were a lot of fascinating sessions that examined 3D printing, cyber security, the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and a host of challenges and changing conditions in the discreet and process manufacturing industries. However, the session that stood out most to me was an early afternoon session on Tuesday Feb 11: Robotic Mobility and Human Assist Push the Outer Limits of […]

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Supply Chain 2050

An interesting and useful exercise for logistics executives to do at their annual strategic planning meeting is to ask, What are the megatrends that will change the face of logistics in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? And even forty years? For me, the three biggest megatrends are robotics in logistics (both for the warehouse as well as driverless cars/trucks, and maybe even drones), omni-channel fulfillment, and the need to develop new distribution models to […]

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