Eighty percent of logistics facilities are still manual due to the complexity of operations (source: Robotics in Logistics) – and this includes the manufacturing production activities such as assembly, fabrication, and packaging often performed by workers employed at warehouse and storage facilities. (source: US Manufacturing: It’s Not your Granddad’s Grubby Factory)
To improve its supply chain efficiencies around the globe, transportation company DHL is trialing Sawyer and Baxter collaborative robots in warehouses across Europe. But, rather than replace workers, the cobots are being implemented to support employees and help improve efficiencies.
Another logistics company that’s using cobots is Praxis Packaging. Using cobots like Sawyer and Baxter give the company the ability to flex its workforce quickly to meet customer demands. It also allows workers, like Anthoni Jachim, to increase their skills.
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Jim had a choice upon graduating from Tufts University – chase a dream as a concert pianist or become part of the inaugural Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT. He chose the latter– dedicating his career to developing and delivering innovative solutions that improve the business of manufacturing. Internally at HP, and then at breakthrough start-ups in e-commerce, inventory optimization and supply chain risk management, Jim’s never once looked back. His charter today: capture the power of data and analytics to push the standard for world-class manufacturing higher—once again.