Automated Warehouse Robotics
Augment your labor force and improve operational throughput with automated warehouse robotic solutions.
As technology continues to develop, automated warehouse robots continue to perform a greater share of the labor required for modern fulfillment. Robotics take the rote, repeatable, and menial tasks away from your human labor force while increasing productivity and lowering operational costs. By implementing robotics, you add value to the work performed by traditional labor.
Benefits of introducing warehouse robotics include:
Below, we highlight the benefits of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The fundamental difference between an autonomous mobile robot and an automated guided vehicle is in relation to how they travel through a facility. An AGV moves along a pre-determined path with the help of a wire or a series of magnets, where an AMR is autonomously navigating through a facility with the help of programmable software.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are solutions for warehouses looking to reduce labor costs, improve throughput, and increase safety within facilities. AMRs achieve these feats by transferring products and packages from one location to another, removing the need for humans to walk through the facility. Especially in highly trafficked fulfillment centers, this keeps humans in particular zones and away from any forklift or truck traffic. They also remove the costliest aspect of fulfillment – walking. When humans no longer must travel to pick and process an order, they are able to be more productive doing higher-level tasks, which helps improve operational efficiency.
AMRs are programmed to travel from location to location, performing tasks then moving on to the next destination. They typically are equipped with sensors that can either evade obstructions or stop the machine in its place if required. AMRs operate off cloud-based software that can be updated from anywhere and many can be integrated into a WMS without the need to install additional infrastructure.
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) support warehouse operations by transporting materials within a facility. They are typically used to replace repeatable travel and transport done by manual labor or manually-driven forklifts. AGVs are most commonly used to transport pallet loads or larger loads. AGVs are programmed to travel along a predictable path, guided by software and a sensor-based navigation system that causes the machine to stop if it encounters an obstacle.