It’s been 10 years since Amazon bought Kiva Systems—a maker of mobile robotic fulfillment systems—and accelerated its push into the world of automation. Today, Amazon has about 520,000 robotic drive units in place. The company also unveiled Proteus, its first fully autonomous mobile robot (AMR), this year.
Robotics in warehousing have made steady progress in the warehousing sector over the last decade. The worker shortage, uptick in e-commerce orders, and increased overall demand for automation in logistics are just some of the key shifts that have pushed more companies to invest in robotics and automation. There’s also a spotlight on ergonomics, minimizing repetitive strains and workplace safety in general.
As they work to address these issues while improving throughput and efficiency, more transportation and logistics operators will be implementing robotics across their operations. Knowing that any logistics operation will benefit from the application of robotics, their makers are offering robotics-as-a-service models (RaaS) that make automation and robotics even more attainable. Renting instead of buying outright can also significantly shorten return on investment (ROI) timelines.
Once in place, any medium- or large-scale warehouse robotics implementation requires robust connectivity to support the data needs of all devices. Private or hybrid 5G networks are an ideal solution, and Internet of Things (IoT) equipment monitoring and asset tracking can further elevate the functionality of automation equipment by helping systems make better decisions about workflow optimization in busy fulfillment centers.
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