How Adding Bots to Existing Material Handling Systems Yields Gains in Flexibility and a Solid ROI

Sponsored by Matthews Automation Solutions

  • Date Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Time 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Location Theater I
  • Type Seminar

Presented By

Gary Cash - Vice President of Solution Development
Pyramid | Matthews Automation Solutions
gcash@PyramidControls.com
513-300-4401 (w)

Peter Moore - Commercial Manager
Guidance Automation | Matthews Automation Solutions
peter.moore@guidanceautomation.com
+44 116 243 6251 (w)

 

What You Will Learn

With all the industry buzz around fully automated, “lights out” DC operations, many companies are trying to figure out where robots might fit within their distribution process. The idea of fully automated warehousing is especially appealing as customer service expectations grow and labor pools shrink. But the idea of jumping entirely into expensive, potentially complicated and largely untested mechanization is daunting. And what about the return on investment (ROI)? The good news is, there’s a better strategy to maximize throughput and labor productivity without the risk: bot-assisted material handling systems. Combining Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and other robotic solutions with an operation’s existing automated technologies can deliver excellent results. This approach enables DCs to tailor technologies to their unique needs while building in flexibility to handle myriad fulfillment channels and requirements – both today and tomorrow. This seminar shares specific application examples where the integration of bots into a facility’s current material handling equipment (MHE) and software adds order fulfillment speed, accuracy and agility. Examples include: Bot-assisted, semi-automated, light-directed picking systems that travel alongside pickers or tow full and empty carts; Put walls fed by pick-carrying bots for fast and accurate e-commerce order consolidation and packout; Fixed conveyor systems integrated with bots sporting motor-driven roller (MDR) conveyor on their top decks for product movement through areas without conveyance; Loop sorters interfacing with bots to receive full totes for takeaway or bring more merchandise for induction; Finishing systems by, or outputting to, bots; Complete integration of bots and other MHE systems with a facility’s overarching Warehouse Execution Software (WES) for end-to-end optimization and balanced, continuous workflow. The session will include video examples and application briefs of these solutions in the field.
 

Key Takeaways

Things to remember:
¦ New robots and cobots can expand the agility and performance of existing material handling automation equipment.
¦ The name of the game is ‘evolution’ not ‘revolution.’ Incrementally adding emerging robotic products to proven material handling technologies delivers a solid ROI and process flexibility, with less risk and avoiding radical change.
¦ Demonstrated software and controls interfaces are crucial in effective automation adoption.

 

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