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The Next Generation of Warehouse Labor

Source: Inbound Logistics / by Karen Kroll Working side by side, robots and humans reinvent warehouse work. At the Wurth Adams warehouse outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, a shuttle system brings products to employees, who then pick the items they need to complete their orders. “It’s a goods-to-human system,” says Ken Misch, managing director of operations for the west region. Wurth Adams is part of Wurth Industry North America, a global distributor of …Read More

Automation’s Effect on Warehouse Workers

Source: MH&L News “Many companies are moving workers from jobs that automation can handle more efficiently and save workers from physical stress,” said Keven Beasley, CIO at VAI. Trying to figure out the effect of automation on workers is a complicated matter. “In the warehouse, automation has moved from simple tasks such as wrapping machines to the ability of software programs to process data from a number of devices in …Read More

DHL Opens Innovation Center to Showcase Logistics Technology

Source: Robotics Business Review / by Phil Britt Robotics a key showcase for company’s new display of supply chain and logistics-related technologies. DHL opened its Americas Innovation Center in northwest suburban Chicago Thursday, complete with demonstration robots, conference areas, smart glass displays (for human bin picking) and other amenities to demonstrate to customers the company’s capabilities in the warehouse, logistics and other areas of the supply chain.

Boston Dynamics Enters Warehouse Robots Market, Acquires Kinema Systems

Source: Spectrum IEEE / by Erico Guizzo The company, famous for agile machines like Atlas and Spot, wants to unleash robots in the warehouse If you haven’t seen the latest Boston Dynamics video, released last week, it shows an upgraded version of the company’s Handle robot moving boxes in a warehouse. Handle is a mobile manipulator that integrates both legs and wheels, and the new version features a swinging “tail” that serves as a …Read More

Amazon Uses 800 Robots to Run This Warehouse

Amazon is adding even more robots to its already massive robotic workforce Source: IEEE Spectrum / by Evan Ackerman At Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas today, who else but Amazon is introducing two new robots designed to make its fulfillment centers even more fulfilling. Xanthus (named after a mythological horse that could very briefly talk but let’s not read too much into that) is a completely redesigned drive unit, one of the …Read More

What is the business case for cobots in the supply chain?

Source: Supply Chain Dive / by Edwin Lopez In Influencers Roundtable, we bring together voices from consulting firms to share how they perceive various emerging technologies. The answers below have been edited for clarity and length. No talk of automation is complete without a mention of its apparent nemesis: labor. “We believe new productivity enhancing tools from accounting box, legal system analytics and predictive AI etc. will allow us to …Read More

Robots and cobots in logistics – the next stage of growth – Industry 4.0

Source: i-SCOOP Despite the de facto main attention for IoT when people talk about ‘Industrie 4.0’, many other/related technologies and realities take center stage in Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0. Among them: robotics. Obviously, they are already used a lot in manfacturing and logistics and transportation. However, the market is about to accelerate as research and market evolutions show. Moreover there are ample evolutions, among others regarding the rise of cobots. Robots and cobots in Logistics 4.0 – an …Read More