Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Seeing how a warehouse with 100 robots operates is the most incredible way to understand what the future holds

Seeing how a warehouse with 100 robots operates is the most incredible way to understand what the future holds

"Robots will replace humans." I do not know how many times we have heard this statement in recent months, but when we see how a factory or an automated warehouse with robots, everything starts to become clearer. And the level of precision, in the purest style of Swiss watchmaking, is what most impresses of all this.

Today we have published a video where we are presented with a day of operation in one of the warehouses of the courier company STO Express, a video that allows us to see the work of small but powerful robots, the same ones used by Amazon in some Of its stores since 2014.

Automation is no longer the future, but the present
The video recorded by Tech China presents some of the most relevant aspects of using these robots for STO Express in their day to day. For example, we are told that this warehouse located in Tianjin, China, has 100 robots that are responsible for transporting, sorting and accommodating packages.

The robots were created by the company Kiva Systems, now owned by Amazon, and their job is to approach an operator who will place a package of maximum 5 kilograms. Once the package is loaded, the robot will take it to be weighed and read its label with the destination area, which will be used to the robot to go to the hole that corresponds to place the package and it follows its path.

Each robot moves at a speed of 3 meters per second, are autonomous and able to detect obstacles, which will allow them to know where they are moving and thus not to collide with another robot or warehouse structure. The robots are connected to a central base which in turn collects information from the scales and the scanning of labels, so that each robot will know at all times where to go.

But the most interesting of all, is that every robot knows when its battery is about to run out, that is when it comes time to take a break and approach the recharge zone to charge and continue with the action.

This warehouse is capable of moving more than 18,000 packages per hour, and this has meant a reduction in the human template by 70%. Therefore, STO Express already plans to incorporate these robots into two of its warehouses, in addition to new companies are about to start with the work of automation in their warehouses thanks to these robots.

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