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Robotic Applications in Transportation and Logistics

The world is changing as many industries change from manual operations to automatic operations. Robots are in the center stage of this automation as they have grown to be known for their ability to benefit the company while driving it to success. With many robotic manufacturers being involved in the development of robots for use in logistics and transportation, manufacturers are being encouraged to automate their warehouses so as to reap the benefits that come with automation.

Robotics Applications in Logistics and Transportation

·         Loading and             Offloading

Many countries are involved in the importation of the goods which are locally consumed. They come stacked together in containers and it can take a long time to unload one container by use of manpower. Robots with laser vision have come in to ease the process as they are able to identify the size and shape of the various items packed in one container and adapt accordingly in the loading and offloading of these products.

·         Custom Packaging

This involves the packaging of items of different sizes and shapes that customers have bought. Since this involves the robots working around human beings, collaborative robots are used since they are designed to promote safety while executing their tasks. Developed by www.universal-robots.com, collaborative robots have sensors which instantly shut the robot down if there is a possibility of collision with a human being.

·         Sorting and Picking

It was difficult to automate the logistics and transportation sector since it deals with transportation of a wide variety of products. Technological advancement in the development of robots has however made it possible for robots to sort out a particular item from a collection of different items by use of 3D visual sensors. This has enabled the picking and packaging of particular items from one box to another.

Driving Force behind Robotics in Logistics and Transportation

The market has in the recent past developed a demand for the quick processing and delivery of their orders while maintaining a high sense of accuracy in the process. Human workers are not able to meet these conditions as they sometimes fall sick or get tired while working. The adoption of robotic automation of the logistics and transportation processes in a warehouse enables the manufacturer to meet the client’s demands on time developing good customer relations.

Labor unions of the workers who work in the logistics and transportation sector usually involve their workers in strikes demanding for increased benefits as well as reduced working hours. It is becoming increasingly hard for manufacturers to pay the workers higher wages while incurring losses because of the labor shortages during strikes. Robots have come in to provide a solution to this while enabling the manufacturer to function at a higher rate of efficiency.

Manufacturers are usually in a dilemma of how they can be able to increase their production capability while still maintaining low operational costs. This has been a major driving force in the adoption of robots in the logistics and transportation sector. The use of robots is enabling manufacturers to have a competitive edge against their competitors by enabling them to increase their productivity and reduce operational costs at the same time.

The Future of Robots in Logistics and Transportation

It is hard to tell what the next robotic application for use in logistics and transportation will look like because of the rapid technological changes taking place. It is however obvious that use of robots will become an integral part in the industry with many manufacturers opting to use robots for their infinite benefits. Use of robots assures the manufacturer of long term increased productivity, reduced costs as well as general growth of the entity.

It is expected that in the future many entry level jobs in the logistics and transportation sector will be over taken by robots pushing workers to high level jobs that can’t be fully automated as they involve the use of technical skills and cognitive ability.

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