The Future of Supply Chain Technology: Robotics and Lean Manufacturing

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Daniel Theobald, Founder and CIO of Vecna Robotics, was featured as a panelist on Moye White’s Remaking the Warehouse to discuss adapting warehouses for carbon reduction and the future of supply chain technology. Theobald makes note of how automation contributes to waste reduction and improves lean manufacturing outcomes, and how these effects can be amplified with AI orchestration.

Warehouse automation can boost these metrics on its own, being a reliable and safe transportation method that increases efficiency. However, when combined with other supply chain technology such as continuous learning and AI orchestration, businesses start to see truly powerful results. “Vecna cares about getting the right resource in the right place at the right time. We have seen significant impact.” says Theobald, citing a study in which a facility’s throughput was doubled with the addition of orchestration only. Vecna Robotics’ Pivotal is the world’s first multi-agent orchestration engine, which dictates the workflows of both robots and humans for maximum efficiency. This method of streamlining optimizes resource utilization and reduces waste, providing an overall positive impact on the facility’s bottom line and environmental footprint.

Theobald also discusses the incredible value of flexible and scalable supply chain technology, highlighting how this contributes to adaptability. “The world’s supply chain is critical for all businesses, and lives – disruptions to these supply chains cause cascading effects that test our resilience.” says Theobald. He makes note of how infrastructure affects this, saying that versatility is key to maintaining an advantage in the face of volatility.

Daniel Theobald supply chain technology expert

Many businesses use conveyors or similar fixed systems to transport goods. These necessitate miles of permanent and expensive infrastructure changes. While these systems are useful, Theobald notes that when designing operations, you have to keep the future in mind. “It used to be that you can design a warehouse and it would operate one way over the course of its depreciation. This isn’t the case anymore – in a year or even in months, the business could change substantially.” he says.

Theobald also delves into topics such as the misconception regarding robots and employment, the electric self-charging capabilities of Vecna Robotics’ AMRs, and the critical importance of AMR interoperability. Listen to Theobald speak at 23:00 in Remaking the Warehouse: Carbon Reduction and the Future of Logistics Centers, Warehousing, and Fulfillment.