Robots in Warehouse
Robots, as we know, are basically concerned with the interaction with humans in a shared workspace. Cobots have been designed to operate autonomously or with limited guidance and differs strikingly from prevailing robots. These robots are highly flexible machines that give an edge in the warehouse. With companies offering a fast-paced delivery to its end-users, logistics service providers must be ready to maintain the demand-supply chain. In such a dynamic scenario, obviously, companies are more willing to go for automating manual processes in their warehouses to meet end-user expectations.
Stocking and storage in warehouses become imperative and that’s when warehouses and distribution centres form an integral part of the supply chain movement. But is the setting up of distribution centres with manpower assigned to the job enough to derive the desired output considering the time constraint? It may or may not be the only solution, especially to keep pace with the ongoing boom of e-commerce ventures. Thus managing the centres with automated resources and techniques can be considered an essential strategy in this fast-paced developing ecosystem.
In the warehouse or a distribution centre, automation is ideally used to make gains upon existing processes by improving efficiency, speed, reliability, safety, accuracy and eventually reducing the overall cost of operation. And thus, a distribution centre fulfilment requires a highly effective blend of automation technologies to manage and control picking, packing and shipping costs among others. Automation isn’t a stagnant field. In fact, it’s constantly evolving with newer technologies and trends.
Like the traditional robotics working in warehouses, cobots work to automate a variety of processes, from counting to sorting to reporting and beyond. They are also able to work seamlessly even within the most established warehouse operations if leveraged strategically. Over a period of time, more and more warehouses are getting accustomed to implementing collaborative robots into their day-to-day operations. The newbie in the market as compared to Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Warehouse Control System (WCS), a Warehouse Execution System (WES) is an extension of the previously used applications and performs the role of both to an extent. A small or mid-sized Omnichannel company may benefit more from a WES than a WCS or WMS alone because it helps to manage fulfilment both to consumers and to stores. It has been observed that a WES has helped companies in regulating automation and optimizing the manual process, thus reducing staff requirements drastically besides centralizing production operations to lower-cost areas.