With all the current talk of robots taking over the world, and replacing millions of workers everywhere, laying waste to economies and societies everywhere, it is surprising that a company known for its advanced technology is replacing robot workers with human workers.
Prestige auto brand Mercedes has been employing more humans and fewer robots at its car factories because apparently its customers want vehicles with a high degree of customisation which is beyond the capabilities of robots, no matter clever they are.
In an interview with Bloomberg Business, Markus Schaefer, the German automaker’s head of production, says: “Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today. We’re saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people.”
Company claims its new gadget is “just like the watches that help James Bond to complete his mission”
Schaefer has unveiled “Pick by Watch”, which it considers to be a “mini revolution in picking” amid all the current talk of Industry 4.0.
As you may imagine, the new picking strategy “does exactly as it says on the tin”. A smartwatch worn on the wrist shows the picker from which storage location in the warehouse the articles are to be picked. The picks are confirmed on the smartwatch display and verified by the software.
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.