inVia Robotics, a provider of warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce businesses, has added “social distancing features” to its inVia Logic software and inVia PickMate user tool.
inVia says the new features proactively keep workers at a safe distance from each other and also notify both warehouse workers and warehouse management if that distance is breached.
The company adds that this “helps businesses immediately enact safety first measures” as the economy starts to cautiously reopen, and have them in place as we navigate towards a new normal which will most certainly include increased e-commerce ordering.
With inVia Logic customers already had access to a real-time 3D warehouse simulation view that shows them the location of each labor point in the warehouse. That view has now been enhanced to emphasize when workers have breached a safe zone of six feet.
The system also sends them a proactive alert, and the data is included in their labor-management reporting. The distance calculation can be easily modified as guidelines for safe distancing are revised.
Workers are also protected on the warehouse floor through inVia PickMate, which is a user tool within inVia Logic that guides workers through fulfillment tasks. The app works on any smart device, and it sends a notification to the user when they’ve moved out of a safe zone.
inVia’s software and full robotic automation system are both available through its Robotics-as-a-Service model, where customers only pay a monthly subscription for automation services.
inVia says there is “no costly upfront expenditure”, and all updates – like safe distancing – are included. Adding inVia’s robots into a warehouse already minimizes the number of people working in the warehouse, and these new features ensure everyone’s safety.
Lior Elazary, co-founder and CEO of inVia Robotics, says: “We listened to our customers who are concerned about how to keep their e-commerce fulfillment running without disruption but also want to ensure safety for their people.
“This solution can be implemented immediately and can easily be adapted to address new workplace concerns as they arise.”