In the current climate, warehouses are under more stress than ever before to keep up with demand, but could autonomous mobile robots ease the load a little? Here, Ed Napier-Fenning, from supply chain tech experts Balloon One, investigates the impact these machines could have on your facility.
With shops closed and lockdown conditions in place, the past two months have seen more and more people turning to online ordering when they need groceries or other goods. For many businesses in the logistics sector, this unprecedented demand has put a never seen before strain on their supply chain. Therefore, it makes sense that you may be looking for ways to optimise your operation.
One of the ways that many firms are beginning to boost productivity is by incorporating robotics into their warehouse facilities. Nearly a third of warehouse and distribution hubs already have robots or are planning on adding them soon (Logistics Manager), while the autonomous mobile robot industry is set to be worth $75 billion by 2027 (IDTechEx).
For the warehousing sector, it’s autonomous mobile robots (AMR) that are leading the way towards an automated future — but what are they and what advantages can they offer? In this article, I will provide an overview of this technology, as well as look at some of the benefits.
What are autonomous mobile robots?
Autonomous mobile robots are robots that can handle a variety of stock activities working alongside warehouse operatives, including picking, replenishment, and stock movement. In some ways, they’re similar to automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in that they can carry out bulk stock movement, but they are equipped with sophisticated sensors, operational mapping, and processing systems that allow them to make route planning and process decisions in real-time. This means that they can engage in a much wider choice of tasks than AGVs, which are

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