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Robotic Pickers, Stackers & Movers Are Shaking Up The Supply Chain


Robotic Pickers, Stackers & Movers Are Shaking Up The Supply Chain

Recent studies indicate companies are moving toward eventually having more robots than flesh- and-blood employees. Google Cloud research shows two-thirds of manufacturers who use artificial intelligence in their day-to-day operations say that their reliance on AI is increasing, while a report from Price Waterhouse Coopers predicts that by the mid-2030s, up to 30% of jobs could be automated.

“Interestingly, like Industry 5.0, Supply Chain 5.0 also will have to
rely heavily on collaborative robots (cobots) and need to combine human creativity and ingenuity along with the productivity, speed, and consistency of robots to improve the customer experience,” writes Prabhat Khare, director of KK Consultants, in his recent report “The Great Reset & Future of Supply Chain Management.”

“The rise of Society 5.0 may also give that extra push needed by
Supply Chain 4.1 at this stage of transformation,” Khare continues.
“While this next generation of supply chain solution is still in the
making, deploying Industry 5.0 technology and amalgamating the
current learning of COVID-19 period with JITSCM 4.1 will certainly lead to development of a new way of handling future supply chains.”

Want to see these robots in action? Go to Pittsburgh, the home
of Seegrid, whose autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are capable
of moving materials in warehouses and manufacturing sites completely autonomously. Equipped with stereo cameras and machine learning smarts, the AMRs are designed to “see just like humans do,” enabling them to navigate dynamic environments–lifting up to 10,000 pounds of goods.

Seegrid began taking customer orders in April for its newest
autonomous lift truck, Seegrid Palion Lift. Equipped with the
most advanced generation of the company’s proprietary autonomy
technology, Palion Lift is billed as the only lift truck in the market with industry-leading 3D perception.

Named to Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most
Innovative Companies for 2022—placing No. 4 globally in the robotics category—Seegrid has fast company in Pittsburgh’s robotics industry.

That’s where you will find IAM Robotics, the world’s first mobile
picking robot application, and Gather AI, the planet’s first software-only autonomous inventory management platform for modern warehouses.

Of course, supply chain robotics is not confined to the home of the
NFL’s Steelers. A 4 ½-hour drive from Pittsburgh, outside the only
Pennsylvania city that is larger, Philadelphia, is Malvern, the home of
Rajant Corp. The pioneer of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, Rajant’s ES1-2450CS and ES1-5050CS can be integrated inside robots and automated machines.

“Obstructions, which typically hinder connectivity, such as shelving
and equipment, are a non-issue for Rajant,” boasts Geoff Smith, the
company’s vice president of Sales and Marketing.


E-Food: Farmy Switzerland Continues its Growth with Scallog Robots

The boom in e-food orders gives an ongoing boost to Farmy, the swiss online shop for regional and organic products. In the city of Winterthur, Farmy clients benefit from now on from free deliveries. Warehouse robots from Scallog support the order preparation specialists in the central logistics hub in Zurich. 

Farmy continues to increase its activities. Following a sales rise during the Covid lockdown, the order numbers keep on growing for the swiss company. Most clients that have realized an order for the first time last year got convinced by the high quality of Farmy products – even beyond the Covid period. The constant progression of the sales turnover confirms that consumers trust in the eFood shop.

Free deliveries in Winterthur region 

Farmy enlarges its cost-free shipment zone (Zone A).  Electrical vans supply customers as well in the Winterthur region with the ZIP codes 8400, 8404, 8405, 8406 and 8408. This area is principally without delivery fees.

Support by Scallog robots in the warehouse

The skyrocketing orders require more storage capacities. In order to obtain a densification of the available warehouse space, Farmy has opted for Scallog’s solution. Since spring 2021, the eFood company is assisted by robots in its central HUB in Zurich. Scallog proposes an efficient and innovative goods-to-person system. This solution permits automation in the warehouse zone for dry products with long conservation duration.

In a conventional warehouse, employees have to walk many kilometers to pick an article. In Farmy’s hub, from now on Scallog robots are executing this task. They transport mobile shelves with products to the order preparation specialists. This principle allows a densification of the existing storage space and an important easing concerning the physical work of the warehouse staff. Thus, Scallog enhances ergonomy and security for warehouse employees.

Each morning, fresh products – vegetables and fruits, meat and dairy products  – are delivered by local producers that are partners of Farmy. The packaging of these products is realized manually.


More about Farmy

Farmy proposes more than 14’500 carefully selected products. They are provided by 1’200 authentic producers. With a performant logistics concept, Farmy ensures the quick and eco-friendly delivery of these products straight to the consumer’s front door. Deliveries are realized by a fleet of nonpolluting electrical vans. In the metropole regions of Zurich, Winterthur, Lausanne and Geneva they are even free of charge. Farmy’s product range contains a big variety of fruits and vegetables (most of them are organic), countless cheeses from swiss cheese manufacturers, a big offer of fresh meat directly from the butcher, crispy delicacies and sweet temptations made by real bakers and patissiers. Articles for the pantry and even sanitary products are proposed too.

More about Scallog 

Scallog is a french entreprise specialized in the development, production and distribution of automation systems for the warehouse sector. With a sound know-how in logistics and engineering technologies for software and hardware, Scallog proposes efficient solutions for the complex needs of logistics professionals in various sectors.  

Scallog was founded in 2013. The headquarter and R & D centre is in France. Subsidiaries exist in several countries, such as Germany, Spain, Brazil and Singapore.  

This article originally appeared here. Republished with permission.