have transitioned from a futuristic system that only a few enterprises could afford to a sustainable, well-established solution in a wide assortment of warehouse automation projects in recent years.
With the flourishing transportation and logistics industry and increasing e-commerce
penetration worldwide, innovative technologies are revealing promising opportunities throughout the supply chain.
Warehouse Automation: Driving Value in the Supply Chain
robots have been used to perform tedious and repetitive tasks, necessitating sophisticated programming for setup and incorporation while lacking the dexterity to easily adjust operations.
As autonomous robots become more intelligent, their setup times decrease, they need less monitoring, and they are able to work alongside their human counterparts. The benefits for the future supply chain are increasing as autonomous robots become more capable of working day and night with more consistent levels of productivity and quality and performing tasks that individuals should not, cannot, or do not want to do.
Autonomous robots drive advancements and add value to the supply chain, primarily by increasing revenue potential and lowering direct and indirect operating costs. Autonomous robots, in particular, can assist:
Boost efficiency and productivity.
Lower risk, error frequency, and rework rates.
Enhance employee safety in high-risk workplaces.
Handle low-value, routine tasks so people can work together on strategic projects that can't be done by machines.
Raise revenue by optimizing order fulfillment rates, and delivery speed, and, ultimately, increasing customer satisfaction.
Sneak Peek into the Future of Autonomous Robot
Autonomous robots are expected to witness strong growth in the coming years. These robots will become more common in the future supply chain as technology advances, allowing them to operate with more human-like abilities. Improvements in haptic sensors, for example, will enable these robots to grasp objects varying from multi-surfaced metal assembly parts to fragile eggshells without requiring changes to robotic components or programming. This will encourage companies operating in the industry to increase their research and development activities and introduce innovative and advanced supply chain technologies.