Archive for robots

The Amazon Supply Chain: The Most Innovative in the World?

Is the Amazon supply chain the most innovative in the world?  A very strong argument can be made that it is just based on their activities of the last year.

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A Warehouse Labor Shortage? Robots to the Rescue

There is a looming warehouse labor shortage.  Logistics service providers (LSPs) are beginning to think that robots are the answer.

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A Distribution Revolution in the Making: A Wholesaler Uses Mobile, Picking Robots

A revolution in robotic automation for the piece picking warehouse is emerging. The combination of mobile robots and picking arms is potentially revolutionary.  These solutions are just beginning to emerge. Rochester Drug Coop (RDC) has implemented a solution from IAM Robotics with future phases already planned. 

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Controlling Robots, Easier Said than Done

The use of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses is set to explode. Their are very different viewpoints of the best way to optimally manage the combination of robots and humans.

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Robots, Robots, and More Robots

When Amazon bought a robotics company in 2012, interest in robots for the warehouse soared. Since then, there have been several entrants to the market. Recently, two new interesting solutions emerged.

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Will Logistics Provide a Good Career Path for Young Grads?

In this Presidential election, trade as a destroyer of jobs has been one of the few issues actually discussed. But automation kills many more jobs than trade. For young grads, based on automation trends, will logistics remain a solid career?

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Robots and Drones in the Warehouse

… the day began with a panel on cutting edge technologies that could change the face of logistics. Panelists spoke at length about drones and robots in the warehouse.

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Google’s Robotic Investments: Driverless Cars Supported by Home Delivery Robots?

In the news last week, it was announced that “Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that can operate without a person at the wheel.” The electric powered cars with a range of about 100 miles wouldn’t even have a steering wheel, or gas and brake pedals. “The vehicles will use sensors and computing power, with no human needed.” Coincidentally, that same week ARC Advisory Group’s Dick […]

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Vision Systems in the Warehouse and the Middle Child Syndrome

Warehousing and distribution centers continue to be very active areas for incorporating the latest innovations in automation technology. Today, some systems are conveying and sorting up to 300 cartons per minute. This is almost mind numbing considering the variety of package sizes and weights that exist in most warehouses. To handle these increasing demands, warehouses and distribution centers continue to undergo a quiet revolution in the adoption of advanced technologies to store, retrieve and convey […]

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Autonomous Fork Lifts Make the Warehouse Safer

The viability of autonomous mobility for the industrial market has been catalyzed by the success of Kiva Solutions and iRobot.  The commercial success of autonomous mobile robotics from these companies has transformed the technology from a novelty and curiosity status to a technology to be taken seriously.  While these companies garner considerable media attention, the use of autonomous mobility remains under the media radar in automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and forklifts.  AGV and forklift truck […]

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