The robotics sector continues to see positive growth due to the rising demands of e-commerce during the pandemic. DHL Supply Chain, a contract logistics provider, is planning to take on up to 2,000 new warehouse robots by 2022. The robots will be provided by Locus Robotics, with whom DHL Supply Chain has been piloting an ongoing collaboration. The autonomous picking robots rely on machine vision to strategically identify items to be picked and placed on a line. The robots calculate an optimal trajectory and grasping strategy and learn over time.
Over the last year, Crocs emerged as a stay-at-home comfort essential and experienced unprecedented demand. As a result, the company quickly outgrew their distribution center and moved their e-commerce fulfillment into a larger pop-up warehouse. Included in the design was a recommendation to bring in automation to improve throughput, mitigate the risk of labor challenges and optimize capacity. That's where the robots, and in particular the automation solutions of a firm called 6 River Systems (6RS), come in. Since implementing 6RS' wall-to-wall fulfillment solution, including its collaborative mobile robot Chuck, Crocs has seen a 182% pick rate improvement.
MIT researchers developed a picking robot that combines vision with radio frequency (RF) sensing to find and grasps objects, even if they're hidden from view. The technology could aid fulfilment in e-commerce warehouses. System uses penetrative radio frequency to pinpoint items, even when they're hidden from view. In recent years, robots have gained artificial vision, touch, and even smell. "Researchers have been giving robots human-like perception," says MIT Associate Professor Fadel Adib.
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Sophia is a robot of many talents -- she speaks, jokes, sings and even makes art. In March, she caused a stir in the art world when a digital work she created as part of a collaboration was sold at an auction for $688,888 in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT. The sale highlighted a growing frenzy in the NFT market, where people can buy ownership rights to digital content. NFTs each have a unique digital code saved on blockchain ledgers that allow anyone to verify the authenticity and ownership of items. David Hanson, CEO of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics and Sophia's creator, has been developing robots for the past two and a half decades.
Imagine for a moment that you have suction cups for fingertips--unless you're currently on hallucinogens, in which case you should not imagine that. Each sucker is a different size and flexibility, making one fingertip ideal for sticking onto a flat surface like cardboard, another more suited to a round thing like a ball, another better for something more irregular, like a flower pot. On its own, each digit may be limited in which things it can handle. But together, they can work as a team to manipulate a range of objects. This is the idea behind Ambi Robotics, a lab-grown startup that is today emerging from stealth mode with sorting robots and an operating system for running such manipulative machines.
The retail sector has witnessed a huge change since the turn of the century. What once was considered a hit is no more in vogue or even makes sense. The way people shop has seen a swift shift and organizations that really want to stay at the top of their game better shift as swiftly. There are multiple factors which are influencing this wave of change. To help businesses stay afloat and thrive, we bring to you this blog on RPA use cases in retail and E-commerce industry, which will help you understand why your business needs the expert assistance of RPA or robotic process automation today.
Mostly warehouse management of such giants remains an issue in daily operations. Amazon, as of now has more than 15,000 robots active for their warehouse management. The use of mobile robots for order fulfillment is a new trend to meets the logistic expectations of customers. Logistic companies like XPO are addressing warehouse issues through robotics. The operational efficiency of any organization can be achieved by opting for RPA.
More than outright destroying jobs, automation is changing employment in ways that will weigh on workers. The big picture: Right now, we should be less worried about robots taking human jobs than people in low-skilled positions being forced to work like robots. What's happening: In a report released late last week about the post-COVID-19 labor force, McKinsey predicted 45 million U.S. workers would be displaced by automation by the end of the decade, up from 37 million projected before the pandemic. Yes, but: McKinsey notes that despite the displacements, the total number of jobs is projected to increase. The catch: McKinsey finds that while the total number of jobs will increase, "nearly all net job growth over the next decade is projected to be in high-wage occupations" -- which is not good news for workers with low job skills.