Over time, we’ve seen the importance of software orchestration in warehouse automation grow, and industry reports confirm it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, Gartner says in the report ‘Select From the 8 Software Deployment Options to Support Warehouse Automation and Robotics’ that “by 2025, 50% of warehouses and distribution centers will use extensive automation.” However, choosing the right software is an important part of the process. They’re not all created equal, and making a poor decision could result in additional costs, schedule overruns, and unnecessary re-implementation.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from COVID-19, it’s that today’s supply chain networks were not designed to withstand a pandemic like this. Global supply chains depend on large workforces susceptible to illness. In this scenario where social distancing has become a norm, robotic automation has become far more relevant and necessary to keep warehouses and distribution centers up and running with minimal to zero labor.
At Wipro, we believe that COVID-19 has emphasized the importance of two aspects in robotic automation. The first is software orchestration, which will help remotely control various elements of the process. The second is process digitization, which is the translation of process to a virtual world. This service can establish various process outcomes without the need of physical elements.
We address the end-to-end warehouse automation needs of business leaders from robotization consulting to solution design, development, deployment, and maintenance. In the process, we integrate our digital expertise during process digitization, software orchestration, and intelligent palletizing and de-palletizing. We integrate our physical expertise during the design and development of robot fixtures and conveyers, as well as during the deployment of automatic guided vehicle (AGVs), conveyers, gantry cranes, automated pallet stackers, industrial robots, and Cobots.
In this article, Gartner provides a warehouse stratification toolkit which we believe can be deployed by companies who are looking to start their warehouse automation journey, as well as those looking to optimize their existing automation process. You’ll also find interesting insights from our CTO, K R Sanjiv, about the shift of automation and robotics from an alien idea to the next necessary step for our future.