As technology becomes more innovative, every industry will benefit from the intelligent and autonomous machines that are being invented. The industries that need manual labor can essentially incorporate robots into their work environments, as they are able of carrying out difficult jobs. The warehouse industry is certainly one of them!
According to U.S. research Data from the Census Bureau, the average warehouse worker spends nearly seven weeks a year in unnecessary movement, costing more than $4.3 billion in labor. Mobile robots can certainly help workers perform their jobs easily. But their benefits extend way beyond employee benefits. Big organizations can make use of robotics in their inventories and stores to increase profits and customer relations.
Below we discuss the major points that show why warehouses like many other businesses must consider robots in their future strategies.
Warehouses are huge, meaning workers walk long distances to find SKUs and take orders to packaging and shipment areas. Excess walking is not only costly, but it can also slow down the efficiency of your warehouse associates during their shifts. Robots are made for traveling long distances and approaching inaccessible areas.
Collaborative robots or cobots help accelerate activities by using AI and machine learning to optimize picking routes, reducing unwanted walking. Collaborative robots also make order fulfillment more efficient by helping with order picking by guiding employees through each task. The long walks between stages of the picking process are also replaced by collaborative robots, further increasing unnecessary travel through the warehouse. Thus by increasing the productivity of workers, warehouse businesses can double their production.
Easy And Flexible Investment
Flexibility is one of the greatest benefits of collaborative robots. Some robot solutions, for example, give warehouse operators the choice to rent, purchase or do both. In times of normal demand, some businesses choose to purchase ample collaborative robots to meet their needs and hire additional robots when demand increases. That means warehouses can avoid investing significantly in automation solutions that will only be used during periods of peak demand. Alternatively, warehouse operators should restrict investments in capital to what is required to meet typical demand.
Collaborative robots can be easily transferred to other facilities thanks to their mobility, allowing more efficient use of resources for multi-site warehouse operations. It also makes the warehouse more efficient, reduces costs to support, and helps keep compliance with SLA.
Reduction of Human Error
For a store, human error can be costly. Sending the wrong order can damage customer relationships and increase return rates and demands for refund. Essentially, all this can hurt the overall revenues and profits.
Collaborative robots, designed to incorporate AI and machine learning, can make quick decisions and help manage multiple tasks more effectively during a single trip to the warehouse floor. And because collaborative robots can guide your staff members through tasks, the likelihood of human error is also minimized.
There are several ways you can improve your warehouse operations by collaborative robots. Collaborative robots will boost your employees ‘ health, boost productivity, and ultimately help save money and maximize profits. So what is your strategy to make good use of the new robotic technology?