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Advances in Technology Are Finally Enabling DC Automation
By Eric Harty, VP Robotic Solutions Offering, Honeywell Robotics
The use of robotics has come a long way from when robots were first introduced as an aid in the workforce. Today’s robots can accomplish complex and repetitive tasks with more precision than ever. With the growing shortage of skilled laborers, robotic software and artificial intelligence offer a solution to common problems plaguing many distribution centers (DCs): remaining competitive and keeping up with the growing needs of the e-commerce market.
Multiple advancements for robotic solutions have focused on making DC productivity more efficient. Mobile robots now come with sensors that help r map out and navigate their surroundings. Mobile robots can also perform lengthy shifts thanks to advancements in battery technologies. In addition, simulation tactics allow robots to be tested before ever touching the DC’s floor. This is helpful in determining where a robot would be most effective from the beginning of its use.
Whether loading, handling items or depalletizing, robots are created with these needs in mind, proving to be helpful additions to the workforce.
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