If asked to name new markets for industrial robots you'd likely say alternative energy or pharmaceuticals. But you probably wouldn't mention distribution centers (DCs). Strangely enough, DCs are one of the hottest new frontiers for robotic automation.
According to an article in Material Handling Management (Nov.'09), distribution centers and warehouses used to be hesitant to incorporate robotic automation, but that's quickly changing. Today's material handling robots are more advanced, flexible, and cost-effective - the ideal fit for DCs.
Robots offer unparalleled performance when it comes to palletizing, packing, and pick and place. Here are some of the main reasons why industrial robots work well in the distribution center:
Cost Saving - A robot's ROI is impressive. Plus, robots cut costs dramatically by working efficiently and mistake-free. Overall, the prices of robotic automation have come down as well.
Flexibility - Distribution centers handle a variety of different products and different packaging and palletizing requirements. Robots have the flexibility to handle this diversity of applications and materials. Advanced vision system and new software are making it even easier.
Accuracy - Industrial robots provide the precision necessary for distribution jobs.
Speed and Efficiency- Quick-moving distribution robots make it easier to meet deadlines and increase throughput.
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