The manufacturing supply chain is increasingly benefiting from the industrial internet of things (IIoT). High-tech connected devices and systems, advanced data management platforms, and integrated MRO service offerings are improving supply-chain processes and outcomes from end to end.
End-of-line packing robots, high-speed pick-and-place robots, collaborative robots, and mobile robots harness advancements in machine vision and solve material movement challenges, says Jason Tenorio, senior engineering consultant at Bastian Solutions. Bastian Solutions is an integrator of material handling systems such as mobile robots, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), automated guided vehicles (AGV), goods-to-person technology, and conveyors.
Manufacturers are eager to automate materials movement because they are “challenged by an increasingly tight labor environment, heightened time pressures, (a need for) continuous quality improvement, and space challenges related to continued growth within facilities that are at or near capacity,” adds Tenorio.
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