Synchronized Mobile Robot Fleets Bring New Versatility and Investment Protection to Assembly Operations
A trend toward replacing those fixed, conveyor-based assembly lines with fleets of mobile robots holds the promise of another step change in manufacturing efficiency and new adaptability to market volatility.
Compared to conventional lift trucks, LGVs provide more consistent throughput of pallets between manufacturing and distribution functions, less damage to racking, raw materials and merchandise, reduced labor requirements, and lower cost of operation.
With the news that Amazon is testing a humanoid robot - Agility Robotics' Digit - in its warehouses, we explore what the future looks like for bipedal robots in logistics.
Dexterity AI focuses on the complexity of truck loading by giving mobile robots a suite of intelligence ranging from the ability to see, touch, think, and move quickly to pack trailers with stable, dense walls of randomized boxes.
Stack AV is developing AI-powered technology to maximize trucks' uptime, optimize existing infrastructure, improve roadway safety, and minimize emissions. Stack AV is backed by SoftBank Group Corp.
The company's autonomous robot carriers (ARCs), powered by T-Mobile connectivity, are designed to collect orders at warehouses, retail stores, dark stores and micro fulfillment centers, and then deliver those goods to people and businesses around the city.
As a relatively new addition to site operations, standards and data on AGV safety are still developing, but some AGV manufacturers are going above and beyond the minimum requirements to help ensure accident-free operations.
KPI INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS OPENS FIRST FULL-SCALE DEMONSTRATION SITE IN NORTH AMERICA FOR NEW GEEK+ FOUR-WAY SHUTTLE SOLUTION
As part of a KPI-designed operation that increases storage capacity, boosts throughput, and builds flexibility, the Geek+ Four-way Shuttle supports multiple picking and storage strategies for pallets, containers, and individual units.
An enormous warehouse necessitates mapping of thousands of positions, and for the system to track order numbers and individual products on the pallets while transmitting information wirelessly back to the central control room for collection and monitoring.
As the labor pool continually changes and work environment standards become higher, it is becoming more difficult to attract and retain employees that are willing to perform repeatable, monotonous tasks.
Even if you don't have immediate plans to add robotic automation to your order picking process, you can still leverage the benefits with pallet moving robots. These robots improve the workflow at the transport dock - improving the speed to unload and load trucks.
In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, intralogistics plays an increasingly important role. The precise transport of goods and materials will become a key factor in efficient production.
Throughout industrial manufacturing, distribution, and logistics the lead time from many AGV manufacturers is more than a year. That means product ordered in Q1 2022 will not be delivered until the following year.
Because supply chains consume resources on a large scale, they are responsible for a disproportionately large share of the world's carbon emissions.
Supply chains have been disrupting virtually every industry from top to bottom. Numerous factors are contributing to the issue, so finding a solution that can mitigate the strain on the supply chain is challenging.
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The compact brushless EC-i motor combined with an EPOS4 positioning controller delivers a highly dynamic, powerful drive package with field-oriented control (FOC), high efficiency, and maintenance-free components in a high-quality industrial housing. The maxon IDX drives are suitable for use across the entire speed range (from standstill to maximum speed) and have an extremely high overload capability. Together with a positioning controller, the integrated sensor (single turn) enables absolute positioning.