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    What are the Top Robotic Systems and Which is Right for You?

    by Chris Zimmerman

    A new 2022 robotic survey recently released by the Peerless Research Group1 reveals some interesting trends and attitudes toward robotics in the warehouse space, as well as what robotic systems will be in demand over the next two to five years.

    Labour concerns, order accuracy and safety all ranked high as motivators for warehouses to pursue robotic solutions, but the main driver for adoption was the need to increase throughput to meet growing demand. While robotic demonstrations at trade shows like ProMat and MODEX always draw a crowd, the survey was asking if robots and robotic solutions were being widely adopted and put into use.

    The survey was split as there are many operations currently using or planning to integrate robots into their warehouses over the next 3 years; however, 40% of the respondents have no plans to use robots currently or in the future.

    Picking, sorting, replenishment, heavy payload transport and case/tote transport were the top five use cases for robotics in distribution centres (DCs). Whereas return on investment, payback time and total cost of ownership were some of the most important factors when choosing a robotics solution. Below are the top 5 robotic systems DCs are currently considering:

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    1. Mobile Goods-to Person (GTP) System

    Over 60% of respondents identified a GTP system would be something they would consider. A GTP system eliminates an employee walking the warehouse floor to pick orders as the products are brought to a workstation. This system includes an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), a GTP workstation and a transport system which is normally a conveyor or autonomous mobile robot (AMR) or autonomous guided vehicle (AGV).

    2. Robotic Picking Systems

    Multi-use robots like AMRs can be used to assist in picking either in a collaborative mode working with their human counterpart or a complete robotic picking solution.

    3. Sortation Robots

    There are a wide range of robotic solutions that can be leveraged when it comes to robotic sortation. Robotic arms, AMRs/AVGs, AS/RS and carousels can all be integrated into an overall warehouse solution to meet specific business cases.

    4. Autonomous Retrieval to Person/Putwall Robot

    Robotic system that uses a robot arm to pick and place products into a putwall.

    5. Heavy Payloads, Carry-on-Top Transport Robots

    Heavy duty AMR/AGV mobile robots that can transport heavy pallets, many with a loading/unloading mechanism.

    Fortna Can Help

    Fortna develops the optimal solution for your business challenges. Our supplier-agnostic approach allows us to identify and select best-fit robotic technologies that uniquely meet your business requirements.

    The Fortna Technology Assessment will help you evaluate and identify specific technologies to support digital capabilities, reduce dependence on labour and ensure business continuity. We start with a holistic review of your current technologies and capabilities. We then leverage data science and broad experience across a wide array of suppliers to recommend technologies that achieve your operational and business goals and are financially supported with a solid business case.

    Take the next step on your robotic journey. Contact Fortna and talk to one of our robotics experts today.

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    Chris Zimmerman

    Global Marketing Director

    Chris Zimmerman is the Global Marketing Director for Fortna and has been in the material handling industry for 20+ years. Chris has been active in the industry serving in many different roles, as well as being a host and frequent guest on industry podcasts.