Greg Downey is a Robotics Business Consultant at OW Robotics and has spent the past year helping businesses in the UK achieve their warehouse automation potential using innovative goods to person solutions and A-B movements to help improve efficiency and cost saving across a wide range of industries. At IntraLogisteX this week, he explained to Logistics Manager how…
Automation, specifically robotics, is transforming modern warehousing in ways never imagined before. Capable of undertaking arduous and repetitive tasks more efficiently, robots represent a step-change in logistics, allowing warehousing firms to better serve their customers, protect margins and future-proof their operations. During his presentation, Greg asked, just how ready is the UK warehousing industry for the robot revolution? One of the interesting takeaways from his presentation is just how few companies are already deploying robotics in their operations as yet – hence the real benefits for the industry as a whole are yet to be realised.
To provide the very best in flexible warehouse automation, OW Robotics is partnering with Hikrobot, also an exhibitor at IntraLogisteX. Combining OW Robotics’ nearly 30 years of warehouse management experience with Hikrobot’s AMR technology, the company’s clients can receive world-leading, field-defining warehouse automation solutions.
“With incredibly fast ROI, automation of this kind will allow businesses of all sizes to keep up with the changing landscape and work around the clock,” Downey explains. “Hikrobot’s award-winning technology has seen average efficiency improvements of 90% and labour cost savings of 50%, making robotics a truly cost-efficient investment for businesses of all kinds.
“Robotics can remove the need for repetitive manual tasks, and the costs, human error and time constraints associated,” Downey continues. “As result, you can free up your employees’ time for other, more valuable operations and keep your warehouse operating. Robotic warehouses mean your warehouse can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.
“Some collaborative robots work alongside a human team, increasing productivity by following them around the warehouse floor. Others do all the picking for you and use sensors which enable them to move around the warehouse floor with easy, distinguishing between obstacles and where they need to go.
“Goods-to-person robots do exactly what it says on the tin, they deliver items to human operators who can then fulfil orders. Using G2P robots minimises the number of operatives needed and increases productivity.”
OW Robotics is exhibiting at IntraLogisteX on Stand 322, while Hikrobot is on Stand 330