Human-Focused Robots Help Warehouse Workers Stay Safe Amid the Pandemic

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“Robots are great at working, but we need to plan in real time and use humans for problem solving. The human element is critical.” – Daniel Theobald

Self-driving pallet jack

A self-driving pallet jack at a warehouse in Texas

June 30, 2020  — Eoin McSweeney of the Financial Times reports on how Vecna Robotics’ autonomous mobile solutions are human-focused and help warehouse workers abide by social distancing mandates, so they can stay safe, increase productivity and reduce risks. The adoption of such autonomous technology is expected to grow as the Covid-19 pandemic forces companies to reduce human interaction in the workplace and increase their reliance on automation.

McSweeney explains that at a FedEx Ground site in North Carolina, autonomous carts are used to unload packages from conveyor belts. DHL Supply Chain uses artificial intelligence software to assign robots for specific tasks at its depot in Wisconsin, while logistics company Geodis uses robots to haul goods and minimize human tasks at its plant in Texas.

FedEx, DHL and Geodis are all customers of Vecna Robotics, a US technology company whose self-driving pallet trucks automate material handling while its AI platform is used to improve fleet management. As well as lowering labor costs, such technologies reduce companies’ reliance on human-operated machinery.

“Covid-19 issues overwhelmed companies and created a new level of awareness for greater flexibility in supply chains,” says Daniel Theobald, CEO and founder of Vecna Robotics. “The supply chain needs greater levels of resilience and flexibility. Automation is key to this development.”

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