April 28, 2021
Warehouse autonomation such as Vecna Robotics’ autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are taking a load of stress off of overwhelmed warehouses and distribution centers. Forbes Magazine covered the recent upswing in automation adoption and the role robots play in improving supply chain efficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic changed consumer behavior in a way that will not be reversed. E-commerce demand is booming and facilities are turning to robotic solutions to manage the surge.
Forbes calls attention to the diverse operations robots can carry out within facilities. Popular automated solutions are filling the traditionally grueling, repetitive, and low wage roles of laborers. Automating these roles releases the human workforce to execute more desirable tasks. There is plenty of work to be done, assigning robots the dangerous and undesirable roles empowers facility personnel.
Vecna Robotics is rapidly growing in the market of autonomous pallet handling robots. The company’s fleet of automated equipment expanded in 2020 with the release of the Autonomous Counterbalanced Fork Truck. Vecna Robotics’ solutions stand apart from competitors because they are path planning vehicles as opposed to path following automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Path planning allows the vehicle to make fewer stops and navigate freely and cautiously around obstacles. This allows human workers to focus on their tasks without the interruptions caused by AGVs.
Warehouse automation has been growing in popularity. Integrating robots into warehouse workflows increases productivity and maximizes throughput. Forbes reports that American robotics industry sales have exploded with a 63.6% increase in a single quarter of 2019. The pandemic has accelerated this growth rate dramatically. RIA statistics show that North American companies ordered 31,044 robotic units, valued at roughly $1.6 billion in 2020.
The trend to adopt warehouse automation is catching on with the recognition that there is a huge opportunity for improved productivity and labor efficiency. However, implementing modern technology in legacy systems can be a challenge. Flexible systems are key to seamless integration. AMR solutions paired with orchestration technology enable more flexible and resilient operations as demands fluctuate day-to-day and season-to-season. The roles of automated material handling robots are expanding and facilities are now relying on their support to meet their demands.
Read the full Forbes article here.
Learn more about Vecna Robotics’ AMRs here.