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Warehouse Robotics in warehouse logistics

Increase efficiency, reduce costs

Warehouse Robotics
12.10.2023
Supply Chain Management
Logistics

How Warehouse Robotics Is Transforming Warehouse Logistics

In today's fast-paced world of warehouse logistics and e-commerce, efficiency is critical to staying competitive. Traditional warehouses often reach their limits when it comes to meeting the increasing demand for fast deliveries. That's where Warehouse Robotics comes in - innovative technology that is fundamentally changing the way companies optimize their warehouse management and operations.

Robotic Warehouses: Efficiency, Precision and Growth

Warehouse Robotics are a groundbreaking solution that helps companies strengthen their competitiveness and realize their planned growth - and especially against the backdrop of an acute shortage of skilled workers. This innovative technology is proving to be a transformer for traditional warehouses by putting monotonous and time-consuming tasks into the hands of robots robots. This frees employees to focus on more demanding and value-added activities. Integrating Warehouse Robotics into operations transforms warehouses into state-of-the-art, highly efficient operations centers that meet the demands of the modern logistics industry.

In this blog post, we'll dive into the exciting world of Warehouse Robotics and highlight its benefits for businesses and impact on the warehouse logistics industry as a whole. Learn how these autonomous robots are transforming warehouses into state-of-the-art and efficient operations centers, what trends the future holds for this fascinating technology, and why Arvato Systems is your best bet for making it happen. Welcome to the future of warehouse logistics - welcome to the era of Warehouse Robotics!

The evolution of warehouse logistics

Warehouse logistics have evolved significantly over the years. In the past, warehouses were often characterized by manual labor, with employees carrying heavy loads and sorting and packing items by hand. This not only increased labor, but also led to human error and longer delivery times. The introduction of technologies such as conveyor belts and automated racking systems was an important step toward efficiency, but they had their own limitations. Today, warehouse robotics have taken warehouse logistics to a whole new level. These intelligent machines are capable of performing tasks such as picking, packing, stacking and transporting goods with high speed and precision. This allows companies to better manage their inventories and drastically reduce delivery times.

The advantages of Warehouse Robotics for warehouse logistics

The benefits of Warehouse Robotics are many and have a profound impact on the warehouse logistics industry.

One of the most obvious benefits is increased efficiency. Autonomous robots can work around the clock, without fatigue or human error, resulting in a significant increase in productivity. They are able to accurately track inventory and automatically assemble orders, improving accuracy and speed in order fulfillment. This leads to happier customers and lower operating costs.

Another major benefit is the reduction of loss and damage. Warehouse Robotics are programmed to handle goods gently and store them safely. This minimizes the likelihood of damage and loss during warehouse operations. Companies can save money and improve customer service as a result.

In addition to increased efficiency and reduced damage, Warehouse Robotics also offer improved workplace safety. Because these robots can perform hazardous tasks, such as lifting heavy loads or navigating confined spaces, the risk of injury to human workers is significantly reduced.

Versatile applications of warehouse robotics in warehouse logistics

The applications of Warehouse Robotics are extremely diverse, ranging from small warehouses to huge distribution centers. One of the most common applications is picking goods. Here are some specific picking methods and warehouse processes related to Warehouse Robotics that can be selected depending on a company's unique requirements:

  • With Warehouse Robotics, companies can optimize both each-order picking and batch-order picking. In each-order picking, items are picked individually for individual orders. The robotic systems transport the items to the pickers to ensure high accuracy and speed. In batch-order picking, multiple orders are picked at the same time by Warehouse Robotics collecting the items and transporting them to a central point where they are divided among the individual orders.

  • Companies that pick larger quantities of products in cases or cartons can use Warehouse Robotics to streamline the case-picking process. Robots can navigate to warehouse shelves where cases are picked and transported to pickers. This increases efficiency and reduces physical labor for employees.

  • Warehouse Robotics can be used not only for picking, but also for putting away (putaway) and replenishing (replenishment) warehouse shelves. They transport items from the receiving areas to the warehouse shelves and support employees during replenishment. This provides efficient use of warehouse space and ensures that products are always available.

  • After picking, Warehouse Robotics also assist in the packing and sorting process. They can transport picked goods to packing stations, where workers prepare products for shipment. Warehouse Robotics can also help sort products for different orders or routes to optimize the shipping process.

  • For larger loads or pallets of products, Warehouse Robotics can be used to automate transportation within the warehouse. They can move pallets from one location to another, reducing the need for forklifts or other heavy machinery. This also increases safety and efficiency in the warehouse.

  • Here, the items are brought to the employees instead of the employees going to the warehouse shelves. Robots transport the shelves or bins of items to designated work stations where employees select the products they need. This method saves time and reduces employee workload.

  • In this method, the warehouse is divided into different zones or areas. Robots are programmed to target specific zones and collect items from those areas. The collected items are then transported to a central collection point to consolidate the orders. This is well suited for warehouses with many racking areas.

  • Warehouse Robotics can be used to move warehouse shelves autonomously to allow employees to access the desired items. The robots navigate to the shelves, lift them and position them so that employees can easily access the items. This optimizes warehouse space and increases picking efficiency.

Warehouse Robotics: From Simple Deployment Scenarios to Comprehensive Automation - The Fast ROI for Warehouse Logistics

It is important to emphasize that companies do not necessarily have to start with complex automation solutions. It is often advisable to start with simpler deployment scenarios and gradually move toward comprehensive automation automation. The impressive return on investment (ROI) of Warehouse Robotics is often evident in less than twelve months. Benefits range from cost savings and increased accuracy to better resource utilization. At around seven to ten robots, the deployment becomes economical. This means that companies with mid-sized or larger warehouse operations can reap significant benefits from implementing this technology.

Flexibility and Cost Efficiency With Robot-As-A-Service (Raas)

Seasonal fluctuations are a common problem in warehouse logistics, especially in e-commerce. This is where the Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) approach comes into play. With RaaS, companies can flexibly respond to seasonal peaks by renting additional robotic resources when they are needed and reducing them as needed when demand decreases. This allows companies to keep costs down while optimizing performance. If robots of the same type are already in use, implementation can often be completed in less than 30 minutes. The ease of entry into the world of Warehouse Robotics allows companies to become familiar with the technology and gradually optimize their processes to achieve the best possible results. Warehouse Robotics offer fast payback, scalability and flexibility, making it no surprise that more and more companies are turning to this innovative technology to increase their competitiveness and efficiency.

Warehouse Robotics Made Easy: Seamlessly Integrate Into Your It Environment With Platbricks®

platbricks® integrates Warehouse Robotics into your IT environment. With platbricks®, Arvato Systems offers an innovative, cloud-based and modular Warehouse Management System (WMS) with which Warehouse Robotics such as AMRs can be integrated and intelligently controlled. platbricks® enables you to fully exploit your warehouse potential and maximize the performance of your autonomous robots.

Optimization of warehouse potential

The full potential of Warehouse Robotics is often only realized in combination with a Warehouse Management System (WMS) with an integrated Warehouse Execution System (WES). Here, the integrated Warehouse Execution System (WES) plays a central role. It orchestrates warehouse operations by assigning orders to the right robotic systems, optimizing efficiency and resource utilization. The WES enables efficient order management and prioritization, allowing robotics solutions to be optimally deployed. A WMS provides centralized control and management for all warehouse processes and enables seamless integration of Warehouse Robotics.

Advantages of combining WMS and Warehouse Robotics

The advantages of combining a WMS with Warehouse Robotics are many:

  1. A WMS enables efficient order management and prioritization, allowing robotics solutions to be optimally deployed.

  2. It ensures accurate tracking of inventory and orders, resulting in improved inventory management.

  3. Third, it provides WMS real-time data and analytics that help identify bottlenecks and efficiencies.

Finally, it enables rapid adaptation to changing requirements and scaling of robotics solutions to keep pace with business growth. The combination of Warehouse Robotics and platbricks® ensures that warehouse and logistics processes run smoothly, as well as achieve maximum efficiency and maintain precise control over the robots to achieve optimal results and maximize the performance of the robotics system.

Vendor-independent support with platbricks®

In addition to the benefits of intelligent warehouse robotics and integration with a WMS/WES, it is critical to choose the right platform to control and manage these robotics systems. platbricks® offers specific benefits to seamlessly integrate robotics into customers' IT environments. Regardless of the manufacturer or type of robots a company already uses or wants to use, platbricks® offers vendor-independent support. This allows companies to efficiently control and manage their robot fleets, regardless of the robotics technology they use.

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Shape the future of your warehouse logistics together with Arvato Systems and benefit from our many years of experience in Warehouse Robotics - contact us today to learn more!

Are You Ready for the Future of Warehouse Logistics?

At a time when speed, efficiency and precision are critical, companies should not hesitate to explore the benefits of Warehouse Robotics. Automation of warehouse operations is no longer a distant vision of the future, but a tangible reality. Arvato Systems has decades of experience in designing logistics processes, implementing them in the IT landscape and can draw on more than 200 experienced logistics experts worldwide.

Let's shape the future of warehouse logistics together. Contact us today to learn more about how platbricks® can be used in your operation and how you can benefit from partnering with innovative robotics manufacturers.

Written by

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Bernd Jaschinski-Schürmann
Head of Digital Supply Chain Management & Platform Business
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André Haff
Digital Supply Chain & Platform Business Development