Streamline Manufacturing Operations with the Power of Robotics

A summary of the SME.org article, “AMRs Not Just New AGVs.”

Adding mobile robots to Zebra’s robust portfolio of barcode scanners, handheld mobile computers, etc. adds value for customers seeking to streamline efficiency and improve productivity in labor-intensive operations like manufacturing and fulfillment centers.

The article explores the innovation that combines brains – software – with brawn – the robot itself – to help customers better manage the complex workflows in dynamic environments. As Jim Lawton explained, the cloud-based robotics software, FetchCore, has the ability to optimize the robots, optimize the workers and optimize them collectively in a highly productive and efficient way.

In other words, if a customer needs a specific thing done, they can coordinate both the AMR and the person, so they show up at the same time, at the same place, and do what they need to do. Then the person is guided to their next task and the robot is guided to its next task and the operation is constantly running in a much more optimized way. Ultimately, after programming, AMRs can act on their own to unload trucks at a dock, take materials to storage and put them on a shelf, carry components to a manufacturing line, become a virtual part of that same line, and even take out the trash.

Interview highlights

  • Why the efficiency and optimization made possible with AMRs is critical in manufacturing now more than ever.
  • How efficient operations can keep workers engaged and relevant in a world where automation does the heavy lifting.
  • The advances in software that allow manufacturers to deploy AMRs without costly, lengthy and complicated programming so that benefits are quickly realized.

“People understand their processes really well. They don’t necessarily need to understand robotics. So we’ve developed technology for people to very simply define their space, their workflow.”

Jim Lawton, Vice President and General Manager, Zebra Robotics Automation

Read the full article on SME.org here.

SHARE NOW
More Articles from the Fetch Blog