CeMAT 2016 puts spotlight on digitization and automation

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CeMAT, which describes itself as the world’s leading tradeshow for intralogistics and supply chain management, expects to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors from around the globe 

Logistics is as complex as it sounds, and CeMAT, which takes place from31 May to 3 June, aims to explain all the latest developments.

Numerous individual elements come together in logistics to make a functioning whole, as increasingly dynamic production and logistics processes become ever more closely intertwined.

Anyone who wants to compete successfully in the logistics growth market needs to consistently update their own holistic concepts and systems for optimized material and information flows – with an emphasis on solutions.  Continue reading CeMAT 2016 puts spotlight on digitization and automation

Bodacious BlueBotics sells hundreds of Ant systems around the world

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A BlueBotics Cleanfix RA 660 Navi robot, seen here at a shopping centre

Autonomous logistics robotics and autonomous systems made by BlueBotics are totally selling well

Hollywood film star Keanu Reeves may not like to remember one of the phrases that made him famous, but for Dr Nicola Tomatis, it’s a phrase he seems to enjoy using.

“Excellent!”

Tomatis is CEO of BlueBotics, a Switzerland-based maker of autonomous vehicles for industrial applications, such as logistics. We didn’t ask him if he was aware of Bill and Ted’s Excellent AdventureContinue reading Bodacious BlueBotics sells hundreds of Ant systems around the world

DHL opens supersize logistics centre featuring 130 robotic shuttles

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DHL’s new robotics center features $14 million worth of advanced robotics and automation technologies

Company plans to use more robots and automation technologies across its global operations

Logistics giant DHL has opened what it calls an “Advanced Regional Center” in Singapore.

The $120 million, 90,000 sq m facility features a $14 million multi-customer automation system featuring advanced robotics.

DHL has been on a mission to roboticize and automate its entire global supply chain. The company claims to be the largest logistics company in the world.  Continue reading DHL opens supersize logistics centre featuring 130 robotic shuttles

Yaskawa and Clearpath partner to build new industrial robot for logistics

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Yaskawa and Clearpath to develop logistics robot that moves around, picks stuff up and then puts them down again 

Yaskawa, one of the world’s biggest makers of industrial robots, is teaming up with Clearpath to build a new type of robot that combines two disctinct technologies.

Yaskawa, founded in 1915, is known for the industrial robot arm, particularly its Motoman range.  Continue reading Yaskawa and Clearpath partner to build new industrial robot for logistics

Industrial robot and automation firm Swisslog buys logistics specialist

PAS autonomous robots in a logistics wareouse
PAS autonomous robots in a logistics wareouse

Company targets logistics because it’s a fast-growing market for robotics and automation 

Swisslog has acquired Power Automation Systems (PAS), a company which specialises in pallet shuttle automated storage and retrieval systems – mostly used in logistics.

Now with offerings ranging from advanced robotics to fast case shuttles and pallet shuttles, together with Kuka, Swisslog says it continues building the “automation powerhouse chain offering clients compelling solutions”.  Continue reading Industrial robot and automation firm Swisslog buys logistics specialist

Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant
A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant

Car giant completes tests of autonomous logistics robot at its Ingolstadt plant

German automaker Audi is to increase the productivity of robots working within its logistics operations.

The company has been conducting tests involving autonomous robots it calls “Ray” for more than a year.

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, Audi’s project manager for driverless transport, Christine Widbiller said: “Currently we have four Rays working at the logistics department and they are fully integrated in the transporting process.”  Continue reading Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

DHL to roboticise the whole of its supply chain

DHL vision of sorting centres of the future, featuring lots of robotics and automation technology
DHL vision of sorting centres of the future, featuring lots of robotics and automation technology

DHL says it is approaching a point in time where it decides that “robots are going to become essential in the world of logistics”. 

In a new trend report, Robotics in Logistics, Deutsche Post DHL Group says it is “revealing how collaborative robots will affect supply chains”. Robotics technology may soon be picking, packing and moving goods in the logistics environment.

Matthias Heutger, senior vice president strategy, marketing and innovation, DHL customer solutions and innovation, says: “Robots work in many industries but haven’t made an impact on logistics yet because of the complexity of the work – handling a wide array of different things in an infinite number of combinations, close to people and in confined spaces.

“Current research shows that 80 percent of logistics facilities today are still manual. Recently, however, technology is just starting to catch up to meet demands for flexible and low-cost robots that could collaboratively work in logistics.”  Continue reading DHL to roboticise the whole of its supply chain

Locus Robotics prepares to transform logistics industry with new automation system

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Automation in logistics is not new, having first emerged some 30 years ago, but back then it wasn’t as widely utilised as one might imagine, probably because of the large investment required.

But even if you could afford it back then, nowadays with the new robotics and automation technologies available, what can be done with a logistics centre is way beyond what was possible in the past.

Estimates vary on how much more efficient an intelligent warehouse can be, but it’s generally accepted that the savings in costs and time which can be achieved by using robots and automated systems are significant. Continue reading Locus Robotics prepares to transform logistics industry with new automation system

DecisionPoint Systems automates warehouse operations of Modell’s sporting goods

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Billion-dollar sporting goods retailer upgrades systems at distribution center with new automation technology 

DecisionPoint Systems, a provider and integrator of enterprise mobility, wireless applications and IoT solutions, has been selected by Modell’s Sporting Goods to lead its distribution technology refresh initiative.

Modell’s will be implementing the latest Zebra Technologies’ mobile handheld, mobile printer devices, and wireless infrastructure in their distribution center, and selected DecisionPoint to oversee both deployment and maintenance services of this critical initiative. Continue reading DecisionPoint Systems automates warehouse operations of Modell’s sporting goods

Greentree Logistics switches to automated payment system

automated payment systems, logistics automationGreentree Logistics has decided to implement VersaPay’s cloud-based automated invoicing, accounts receivable management and payment solutions system, ARC.

“The transportation industry is incredibly competitive and to set Greentree apart we have reimagined the carrier experience. We have selected VersaPay to help us deliver on that enhanced experience,” says Abbey Van Vynckt, VP of finance at Greentree.

“The ARC platform will save our customers a lot of time and allow them to make payments online in a PCI (payment card industry) compliant environment.  Continue reading Greentree Logistics switches to automated payment system

Ocado prepares to go global with its ‘world first’ logistics automation platform

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Cambridge Consultants claims to have created an entirely new logistics automation system for Ocado

The British public’s perception of Ocado may be that it’s not a well known company outside the UK. It’s likely not the first name that would come to mind when asked about big grocery chains – what with the ubiquitous presence of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and others.

And in the logistics automation business, it could be described as an absolute beginner.

But Ocado, which claims to be the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer, has set its sights on becoming a global provider of logistics automation platforms.  Continue reading Ocado prepares to go global with its ‘world first’ logistics automation platform

Schaefer to build logistics centre for beverages giant

Römerwall Naturbrunnen und Getränke, a member of the Hövelmann beverages group, has contracted SSI Schaefer to build a logistics centre at its production site in Duisburg.

As a one-stop solution provider for the turn-key logistics system, SSI Schaefer is taking care of the construction and the fitting out of a new high bay warehouse. This silo racking solution offers 53,000 pallet positions.

The Schaefer Lift&Run system will use a total of 16 state-of-the-art SLR devices to ensure that the required throughput is achieved for the beverages manufacturer. Continue reading Schaefer to build logistics centre for beverages giant