Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chains around the world were under strain from competitive pressures, worker shortages, and the need to be more responsive to shifts in demand. The novel coronavirus has only exacerbated these challenges.
In the past year, many large companies in the retail, supply chain, and logistics spaces have moved from tentative trials to deployments of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), said vendors around MODEX this spring. Maturing software, a better understanding of use cases, and accelerating consumer expectations have led to growing interest in automation, they said.
From bigger platforms and more integrated software to increasing specialization, there are many signs of maturing technologies. Eugene Demaitre, Senior Editor at the Robot Report, looks at five trends in supply chain robotics.
Read the full article at the Robot Report May 2020 Autonomous Mobile Robots Issue.