Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the Promat Show (material handling) and the Automate Show (robots and vision) run jointly in Chicago with emphasis on new automation innovations for packing and order filling applications. Design/methodology/approach – In‐depth interviews with exhibitors of material handling automation which addresses packing and order filling. Findings – Mobile robots have come of age with multiple vendors offering units for handling goods. Delta robots have found a niche in quick handling of packing and order assembly. Practical implications – Customers will have to begin thinking of mobile robots as much more autonomous and self‐guiding for goods handling in the warehouse. Logistics customers need to examine the abilities of the delta style robot to do more and faster picking and packing than ever before. Originality/value – The paper provides an expert insight into how automation innovation continues to reduce cost, improve accuracy and speed of logistics and order filling.
Assembly Automation – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 27, 2011
Keywords: Robots; Delta; Order picking; Palletizing; Logistics; Automation
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