Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/17/2013 -- DC Velocity reporter, James A. Cooke, writes in the current issue of the column Techwatch, “More robots can be found on Mars today than in the nation's warehouses. But that's about to change.” More robots can be found on Mars today than in the nation's warehouses, says Tom Bonkenburg, director of European operations for the consulting firm St. Onge Co. But that's about to change.
Cooke writes, “Several companies are taking steps in the warehouse robotics direction. Take the efforts to automate forklift operations, for example. Bonkenburg notes that many companies are marketing forklifts that do not require a driver. Egemin Automation has come up with an automated guided vehicle that can pick up and deliver pallets, rolls, and carts. Seegrid has partnered with forklift makers Raymond and Linde Material Handling to make a vision-guided robotic forklift. “
Anthony Horbal, CEO of Seegrid Corporation commented, “Robotic Industrial Trucks are being recognized as an optimal solution in manufacturing and warehouse facilities. It does not preclude that some very large companies will choose to invest in costly, inflexible, time-consuming AGVs, but rather recognizes for most facilities with 100,000 sq. ft. or more, Seegrid robots are the best solution.”
As costs come down and the machines become more human-like, Bonkenburg expects to see more robots working alongside human beings to boost warehouse efficiency. "My dream is starting to come true," says Bonkenburg.
DC Velocity article link: http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20130513-robots-coming-soon-to-a-dc-near-you-really/.
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