The fast-growing use of robotics in our logistics business is no surprise. Robots can lift more, reach higher, sort, stack, pack and detect defects.
Their increased usage coincides with an ever-increasing demand for quick turnaround on order fulfillment, efficiency, accuracy, and continuous improvement at every stop along the supply chain. Recent robotic applications in the cargo shipping and handling industry include:
- Autonomous driving forklifts that navigate without drivers, wires, magnets or reflectors. They are programmed with detailed maps of a facility and can then self-locate and follow a specific path.
- Collaborative robots that are programmed to do a variety of warehouse or manufacturing tasks and can work alongside humans when the need arises. They are mobile and flexible because they are able to do many jobs well.
- Fleets of warehouse robots used to fetch stored items, move and organize shelves, pack and package.
- Bin-picking robots that can recognize a part or product and grip it for placement on a conveyor, on a forklift, or into another container.
These applications have been a boon to our industry because, as in all businesses we encounter, the global supply and freight industry is pressed as never before to compete in a bigger, more complex economy. And the thing about robots is that they don’t sleep.
But they don’t listen, either.
We expect our industry to keep expanding and innovating and we will with it — not only by adopting new technology but also in areas no robot will replace. Since we opened our doors more than 20 years ago, the ICAT Logistics Detroit team has combined the latest technology in the field with consistent, caring, personal service.
No matter how far and fast this new technology takes our business, our clients can be assured that at ICAT Logistics Detroit, business is personal and it will always be that way.
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