In a highly competitive logistics environment automation confers some distinct advantages. In a warehousing environment robot palletising has proven itself as a key factor of enhancing competitiveness. But just how does this ever-evolving technology provide logistics companies with that edge?
Using robot palletising technology can significantly improve process speed. In today’s ‘just in time’ business environment the ability to complete tasks faster allows the business to enjoy a variety of benefits. these benefits include client satisfaction and the ability to turn over stock incredibly quickly. Increased turnover means better space utilisation – in short a company can enhance the use of warehousing space by moving pallets more efficiently – and this can allow them to maximise the number of clients that they service.
In the manufacturing space, the use of robot palletising can also increase productivity. This can lead to greater efficiency. Greater efficiency can be reflected in lower costs to end-users of products and improved product quality. In a nutshell savings can be passed on to the consumer or used to upgrade capacity.
Manual palletising is labour intensive. In the traditional pallet handling process, a number of employees need to be devoted to the task. Robot palletising significantly reduces the number of employees required. This in turn reduces the overheads related to labour costs, including training and the hiring of employees with specialised skills. There also exists the possibility of reassigning personnel who are no longer required for the handling of pallets. By redeploying employees the company can save significant amounts of money related to onboarding new employees.
Handling pallets can also be physically demanding. there is always the risk of injury-related to moving bulky pallets. By employing technology the company can reduce injuries and the threat of downtime. In short, a healthy worker is more productive. Using this technology can also improve morale – and fosters cooperation between employees.
Using robot palletising the company significantly reduces the costs involved in damaged goods. Even the most motivated and skilled employees will make mistakes, especially in labour and time-intensive operations such as palletising. Robots on the other hand are excellent at jobs that require repetitive actions performed at speed. They very rarely make mistakes. This significantly reduces damage to goods and enhances the bottom line.
Robots are also versatile. Modern robot palletising units are extremely easy to program. Not only can they be easily programmed to handle parameters such as the number of boxes per pallet, but they are also easy to program when it comes to following set patterns. The versatility of the units also means that they can handle a number of different products such as cartons and crates or bags. This makes them suitable for a variety of applications.
The conclusion is that robot palletising is the future. This technology boasts an incredible return on investment and can have a positive impact on the morale of each employee. They are versatile and easy to use. In short, they are an investment that simply makes sense – no matter the particular challenges of the business.