Warehouse Automation Steps up a Gear at Hannover Messe and ProMat 2019

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2Q 2019 | IN-5470

 

On the Exhibition Floors

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When walking the halls of Hannover Messe in Germany and ProMat 2019 in Chicago, it was impossible to miss the ubiquity of highly sophisticated and automated robots, vehicles, and mechanized systems. While intelligent automation has been the focus of Industry 4.0 efforts in the manufacturing sector for years, it is abundantly clear that similar momentum is now building in the warehouse, the beating heart of the supply chain.

 

The fact that robotic arm vendors, visions system developers, systems integrators, gripping solution providers, and conveyor hardware manufacturers were all out in force in Hannover and Chicago is clearly testament to the rapid maturation of warehouse automation. While fixed automation in the form of conveyors and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) has been a core feature of high throughput warehousing for years, Hannover and ProMat have provided a glimpse in to how robots will fit in to the supply c...

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