Road-based robots include autonomous trucks, trailers, tugs, Unit Load Devices (ULDS), and other vehicles used in plants and warehouses to carry heavy loads. While “honeycombing” is a consistent problem at warehouses -- along with warehouse worker safety and material handling issues -- these issues can be resolved by using the autonomous robots to move raw materials, Work-in-Progress (WIP), and finished goods across the plant floor and warehouses.
In conjunction with drones, road-based robots can completely automate the movement of goods in warehouses, ensuring that problems such as “Honeycombing” and employee accidents do not occur in warehouses.
It’s estimated that the payback period for robots can be as short as one year and has an internal rate of return (IRR) potential of more than 30% over three years. Typical centers reduce cost by up to 75%, through labor reduction, waste reduction, and inventory optimization.
- Maintaining product flow and reducing costs
- Achieving new levels of accuracy and efficiency
- Enabling quick ramp-ups to meet seasonal and situational demands
- Increasing customer loyalty by reducing errors and improving cycle times
Aerial Robots are drones programmed to perform autonomous inventory monitoring. Tracking and monitoring inventory, especially when stored within narrow and high-rise aisles, has historically been a problem for warehouse workers. Drones can reduce their workload by monitoring these packages.
Drones can also adapt to a variety of case/pallet storage formats, barcodes, QR codes, and inventory counting processes, as well as integrate with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Warehouse Management and Inventory Management, and Workflow systems. This functionality enables them to adapt quickly to warehouse operations and drive productivity.
- Adapting to a variety of case/pallet storage formats, barcodes, QR codes, and inventory counting processes
- Navigating multiple drones in Global Positioning System (GPS)-denied environments
- Accessing narrow (less than 6 feet) warehouse aisles and high-rise aisles (25 to 100 feet)
Visual Automation involves using image recognition technology on images taken by fixed cameras (like CCTV cameras in warehouses) or on-board cameras (i.e. mounted on a drone/vehicle). Visual Automation creates a real-time digital twin of the process. Cameras mounted in the factory floor send data to the IoT platform and then pass it to the Analytics platform for AI analysis and digital twin creation. This technology can track pallets and packages on factory floor through real-time analysis of pallets. Alerts can be configured for factory workers if a pallet hasn't moved based on a defined threshold.
- Identifying assets in your supply chain and measuring performance and quality issues
- Performing real-time monitoring and alerts