Warehouse Processes that Benefit from Automation

by Prime Robotics
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In today’s hyper-competitive landscape, warehouse operations must increase efficiency, accuracy, and speed. Robotic automation is revolutionizing warehouse processes through enhanced productivity and optimized operations.

This blog explores four key warehouse processes that benefit from automation and innovative solutions that integrate into critical warehouse processes.

1. Unloading & Receiving

Unloading and receiving is foundational in any warehousing operation but has traditionally been a labor-intensive process. Goods-to-person robots, including automated conveyor systems and robot palletizers, demonstrate increases in efficiency when implemented.

Robots excel at repetitive, high-frequency tasks. They unload inbound orders with speed and precision, reduce the time it takes to process goods into the warehouse and minimize the risk of workplace injuries.

2. Put-away

Once shipments are received, the put-away process—moving goods from the receiving dock to storage—begins. Placing goods in their ideal storage location enhances the productivity of the overall warehouse operation. That’s where automated guided vehicles (AGVs) or autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) step in. These solutions, with the help of automated warehouse and logistics software, navigate the warehouse floor, identifying the optimal storage locations for products based on factors including demand forecasting and inventory movement.

These robots ensure products are stored efficiently, saving on valuable warehouse labor and reducing the likelihood of human error in placement.

3. Storage

Efficient storage is essential for maintaining an organized warehouse and facilitating smooth operations. When done properly, the storage process fully maximizes the available space in your warehouse and increases labor efficiency.

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), such as Prime Robotics’ high-density storage robot, maximize vertical space utilization and provide quick, accurate access to stored items in high-density warehouse environments. By automating storage processes, warehouses can reduce retrieval times, minimize errors, and optimize overall storage capacity.

4. Picking & Packing

Picking and packing are arguably the most critical processes in warehouse operations when considering customer satisfaction and overall efficiency. Traditionally, workers walk up and down aisles to pick items for orders, a task that can be physically demanding and time-consuming.

Prime Robotics’ shelf and pallet robots move payloads of up to 4,400 pounds and pick cases at rates of 500+ picks per hour. These solutions accurately pick and pack goods, increasing throughput of the warehouse. When working alongside robotic picking and palletizing arms, these robots execute multi-box picking and pick cases at rates of 700+ per hour.

Prime Robotics’ robotic control software (RCS) continually optimizes routes and processes, reducing the time it takes to fulfill orders. This not only boosts efficiency but also ensures that the right products are shipped, enhancing accuracy and customer trust.

5. Shipping

The shipping process is often a bottleneck in warehousing operations, particularly during peak periods. Robots excel in this environment, providing a non-stop, 24/7 capability that human workers cannot match.

Automating the packing of boxes and the routing of goods to outgoing trucks with picking and palletizing robots can streamline the shipping process, ensuring that goods are dispatched quickly and reliably, enhancing the overall operational output.

The Robotics Revolution: Transform Warehouse Efficiency

The age of warehouse automation is here, and it’s only the beginning. The transformative impact that robotic automation has on warehouse processes, from receiving to storing to packing goods, is evident. Embracing automation in these key areas will improve efficiency, reduce errors, and enhance worker satisfaction, positioning warehouses at the forefront of the logistics industry and setting new standards for excellence.

Contact us to schedule your workflow assessment today and determine where to accelerate your warehouse automation journey.

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