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Six Ways Automation Addresses Old And New Labor Issues

Staffing distribution centers and warehouses was challenging even before COVID-19 emerged in 2020, as unemployment rates have remained historically low over the past several years while competition for scarce workers drove wages increasingly higher. With the onset of the pandemic ...
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Social Distancing In The Warehouse Made Easier With Robotics

Warehouses and distribution centers (DCs) utilizing social distancing (and other) policies to safeguard the health and well-being of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to continue to do so even after widespread vaccinations tamp down on coronavirus. That’s ...
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Software + Machines + Workers = Highly Efficient, Real-Time Decision ...

Achieving a fully optimized warehouse — one that is highly efficient because it leverages data that enables management to make informed decisions in real-time — requires more than just software and controls, hardware solutions, and trained workers. Rather, it is ...
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Goods-To-Person ASRS Technologies Address Multiple Labor Challenges

Pre-pandemic, e-commerce fulfillment centers and distribution centers serving a variety of sectors struggled to attract, hire, and retain qualified labor. Even among full-time hires, attendance could be spotty. And, in spite of the unprecedented job losses and furloughs over the ...
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Ideas For Resolving Warehouse Labor Shortage Issues Shared In MODEX ...

With warehouse labor challenges (attraction, retention, turnover, and more) at the forefront of most distribution center managers’ minds, members of the Solutions Community of MHI offered both tactical and strategic recommendations to attendees of a free, MODEX 2020 on-floor seminar: ...
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Three Ways To Improve The Human-Robot Working Relationship

Historically, industrial robotic automation used in manufacturing and distribution applications required perimeter guarding and other safety mechanisms to prevent contact between personnel and the robot. Not anymore, however. With advances in sensor technologies and programming interfaces that make it much ...
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Don’t Replace Employees With Robotics; Increase Their Value Instead

A recent video produced by MHIView explores “Designing Robotics with the Workforce in Mind,” a delve into how today’s collaborative robotic solutions are being engineered and programmed to support an existing labor pool — not to replace them. That’s because ...
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Want Higher Performance Rates? Add Robotics To Human Workforce

The collaborative robot market will grow from $710 million in 2018 to $12,303 million in 2025 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.1%, according to research from Markets and Markets. And while that may cause some workers concern ...
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Leveraging Collaborative Robotics To Address Labor Challenges

According to research conducted by Interact Analysis, the demand for collaborative robots — also known as cobots — that safely work alongside humans in manufacturing and distribution operations is expected to grow at an annual pace of more than 60% ...
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With Workforce Challenges Prompting Greater Interest In Robots, MHI’s New ...

Although robotics technology already plays a significant role in the automation of distribution centers and warehouses—and several established MHI industry groups focus on areas within the material handling industry that utilize robotics—recent trends prompted MHI to form its newest industry ...