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Warehouse & E-commerce Automation Systems for Distribution & Fulfillment Centers

E-commerce growth is driving sweeping change across global retail and logistics.  As a result, a growing number of organizations are looking to automated warehouse robot solutions to meet these challenges. Having a robotic automation strategy for e-commerce fulfillment is more important than ever before. Let FANUC be your partner in navigating the start of your automation journey.

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Robotic Fulfillment Solutions


FANUC’s industrial robots and collaborative robots are playing an increasingly important role in solving customer challenges with innovative solutions. Here are more examples of our material handling experience in the warehouse.

 
 

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Robotic Induction (Robotic Singulation)


The use of warehouse robots for singulation and induction can limit the need for tedious manual labor and reduce the risk of injury and error. Robotic singulation technology, coupled with robotic sortation processes, can help warehouses improve efficiency and cohesion in their operations.

 
Dual Arm Robotic Singulation - Courtesy of MHS
 
Robotic Parcel Singulation - Plus One’s AI-powered PickOne Perception System

 
Robotic Repacking System for Candy Bars - Courtesy of Elm Electrical
 
Robotic Parcel Sorting with FANUC 3DV/1600 Vision Sensor


Mixed De-Palletizing


Automate the process of unloading pallets with robotic warehousing solutions from FANUC. Using artificial intelligence, our robots and cobots can handle mixed depalletizing, unloading materials of varying weights, shapes, and sizes without interruption. By integrating robotic depalletizing solutions into your warehouse operations, you can save time, improve efficiency, and reduce the need for operator intervention.

 
MODEX Depalletizing Demo - Courtesy of Mujin
 
Random Mixed Depalletizing System - Courtesy of JR Automation

 
Mixed Robotic Depalletizing System - Courtesy of ROBEX
 


Piece Picking / Each Picking


Warehouse picking and packing operations require speed, efficiency, accuracy, reliability, and quality control. In order to meet high demands without sacrificing precision or quality, integrating piece picking warehouse robots or cobots from FANUC can help you achieve higher standards of repeatability and effectiveness without putting more pressure on your operators.

 
AI Powered Robotic Bin Picking for Order Fulfillment - Courtesy of Bastian Solutions
 
Each Pick Piece Picking Robot - Courtesy of Dematic

 
Mobile Robot Order Fulfillment - Courtesy of iAM Robotics
 


Robotic Sortation / Put Wall Sortation


By automating warehouse sortation, you can improve throughput, order accuracy, productivity, and profitability while reducing labor costs. Automated warehouse solutions from FANUC are flexible and scalable, allowing them to adapt to changing needs and output demands.

 
RFSS Sortation - Courtesy of JR Automation
 
Sort-to-Bag Solution - Courtesy of Dorabot
 
Sort-to-Gaylord Solution - Courtesy of Dorabot

 
Piece Picking Robot for Order Fulfillment - Courtesy of Kindred, Inc.
 
Robotic Sortation for Parcel Facility - Courtesy of Dorabot
 


Robotic Decasing & Decanting


Decanting operations typically demand high staffing requirements and can be hazardous to manual laborers, but with warehouse automation solutions from FANUC, decasing and decanting operations alike can be made safer and more cost-effective. Widespread automation of decanting processes in warehouses is the logical next step after a push for other fulfillment automation solutions.

 
Robotic Decanting System - Courtesy of Robotica, Integrated by Design & Assembly Concepts
 
PRODecant Automated Decanting Solution - Courtesy of DLN Integrated Systems
 
Warehouse Robots for Depalletizing or Decasing - Courtesy of Strongpoint Automation


Robotic Palletizing


Robots and cobots can make palletizing operations more expedient through automation technology. With flexible warehousing robot solutions from FANUC, your operations can achieve higher levels of productivity through optimized robotic palletizing processes and patterns, as depicted below.

 
MACPal Warehouse Fulfillment
Mesh Automation
 
DoraPalletizer - Mixed SKU Palletizing
Courtesy of Dorabot

 
Warehouse Robots for Multi-Line Palletizing - Courtesy of Currie by Brenton
 
Dual Case Robotic Palletizing with Corner Board Stretch Wrapper - Courtesy of Kaufman Engineered Systems

 
Robotic Warehouse Palletizing with AMR - Courtesy of Autotec Solutions
 
Warehouse Robots for Multi-line Palletizing - Courtesy of Pearson Packaging Systems
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Other Warehouse Automation Solutions


By utilizing FANUC warehousing robots and cobots, you can automate virtually any application, including storage systems, warehouse retrieval, and more. Below are just a few examples of how manufacturers take advantage of warehouse automation solutions from FANUC.

 
Automated Storage & Retrieval - Courtesy of PaR Systems
 
FANUC Collaborative Robots for Robotic Order Fulfillment
 
Warehouse Storage & Retrieval with FANUC Factory Automation Systems

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Our Warehouse Robot Solutions | Robotic Arms


FANUC is a leading warehouse automation robotics company, offering solutions for modern warehousing operations. Whether you require heavy or light payload capabilities, FANUC warehouse robots and cobots can meet your needs. Below are just a few examples of robotic warehouse arms from FANUC.

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Collaborative Series - Cobots

FANUC cobots are ideal for warehousing applications that require the highly reliable and flexible capability of a traditional FANUC robot, paired with sensitive force sensing technology built into the base of the robot that makes it safe to work around. Our cobots also eliminates the costly need for capital equipment including costly safety fencing, which can help save on floor space and add flexibility with easy redeployment options.

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M-10 Series for Smaller Payloads

For lighter loads and faster, more precise material handling, our M-10 Series Robots are an excellent choice, enabling higher levels of productivity and reduced cycle time. The specifications of your inventory, as well as the quantity and size of your orders, will help determine if this robot arm is suitable for your warehouse operations.

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R-2000 Series Heavy Payload Robots

Our R-2000 Series is the perfect solution for multiple warehousing and supply chain applications involving high payloads, from tote handling, decanting, palletizing and more. Featuring high performance capabilities and payload capacities ranging from 100 to 270kg, the R-2000 Series is an all-rounder for an almost countless range of applications.

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M-410 Series Palletizing Robots

Ideal for warehouse palletizing operations, our M-410 Series palletizing robots are space-efficient, high-speed, and include high-efficiency integration. This series features a wide range of motion on 4-5 controlled axes for an improved working envelope.

Benefits of Robotic Warehousing Solutions

The integration of warehouse robotics innovations can improve your operations, from managing inventory to satisfying fulfillment requirements. As warehouses continue to adopt and integrate innovative robotics and automation solutions, the future of warehouse design is likely to change. Already, we are witnessing shifts in how warehouses operate, and increasing usage of robots will continue to inform warehouse design.


Fewer Errors


Automation in warehousing limits the risk of human error with programmable, repeatable solutions. FANUC designs and manufactures warehouse robots for high-efficiency and high-accuracy to increase productivity.


Reduced Expenses


Many warehouse operations, such as picking and sortation, traditionally have significant labor requirements, demanding more workers to spend more time fulfilling orders. With the integration of warehouse automation, you will need fewer people to handle menial tasks, allowing you to allocate your employees to more complex tasks and reducing the need for an expansive workforce.


Better Customer Satisfaction


Warehouse automation allows you to operate on time and on budget, reducing delays and getting orders into the hands of your customers more quickly. With robotic warehouse solutions, you also gain the benefit of increased traceability, which gives customers a sense of control over their orders and allows you to keep a more accurate record of your inventory, as well.


Enhanced Warehouse Safety


Warehouse automation allows you to operate on time and on budget, reducing delays and getting orders into the hands of your customers more quickly. With robotic warehouse solutions, you also gain the benefit of increased traceability, which gives customers a sense of control over their orders and allows you to keep a more accurate record of your inventory, as well.


Advanced Efficiency and Productivity


Warehouses, especially those operating in the e-commerce industry, have witnessed a massive surge of growth and demand in recent years, increasing the need for innovative solutions. Using robotics in warehouse material handling operations can increase productivity by automating repetitive tasks and optimizing specific processes using warehouse robots and data input.


Enhanced Ability to Meet High Capacity Demands


High, continually-increasing demands, coupled with labor shortages, has put a lot of pressure on warehouses. Relying solely on manual labor can jeopardize productivity and result in injuries, delays, and errors. With fully-automated warehouse robots, you can optimize menial tasks and reduce the possibility of error, promoting more efficient fulfillment and ensuring customer satisfaction. 


Space Efficient


Maximizing the use of space within a warehouse promotes efficiency, consistency, and optimizes resource utilization. Vertical integration can help warehouses save valuable floor space, especially with automated warehouse storage robots and retrieval processes.


Economic Environment Regulation


Ongoing labor shortages can be a detriment to operational effectiveness. Climate controlled warehouses are few and far between due to the astronomical costs associated with heating and cooling needs. Strategically using robots and cobots in warehouses can isolate areas that should or should not be temperature-controlled; areas in which only robots maneuver do not need air conditioning or heating, and keeping these areas separate can keep temperature regulation costs down while also providing a comfortable environment for your employees.


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How Supply Chain Automation Can Improve Warehouse Operations

Warehouses often face supply chain challenges regarding customer expectations, the global market, and fulfillment. Integrating supply chain automation solutions and robotics can help warehouses better manage their operations, achieve higher levels of efficiency, and minimize errors.

Improve Customer Satisfaction

Automation in the supply chain can help warehouses meet increasing customer demand and improve fulfillment rates. With warehouse robotics and automation solutions, you can bypass typical warehousing bottlenecks that occur as a result of labor lags. Pick and pack robots, for example, can help eliminate tedious steps that are made more efficient through automation.

Address Labor Shortages

As demand for fulfillment within the supply chain increases, the need for labor also grows, often resulting in labor shortages when warehouses cannot hire enough workers. Automation in the supply chain can help address these labor shortages by simplifying menial tasks such as piece picking or packing, reducing the need for workers in those areas, and allowing warehouses to better allocate their resources.

Protect Your Supply Chain

With supply chain automation in your warehouse, you can put into place protocols for events such as machine malfunction or manufacturing interruptions. When these events occur, an automated system can immediately take action, relaying information to relevant parties, ordering parts, or diverting energy and resources to departments to prevent unnecessary delays.

Warehouse Robots Are the Ideal Solution

Robotic order fulfillment systems are flexible to handle large SKU counts, and scalable with warehouse robots available to meet any size, speed or payload requirement. The flexibility and scalability of a robotically automated fulfillment operation can support the fluidity that e-commerce demands. Warehouse robot solutions incorporating FANUC technology are equipped to handle challenges like:

  • Small order size
  • Labor shortage/turnover
  • Bag, bin or pallet handling
  • SKU volume and variability
  • Speed and accuracy of fulfillment
  • Customer delivery-time expectations
  • Inventory security
  • Energy efficiency

Frequently Asked Questions About Robotic Warehousing

  • How do warehouse robots work?

    Warehouse robots from FANUC are a uniquely reliable and efficient solution to warehousing and supply chain manufacturing challenges where labor shortages, bottlenecks, product quality, or other challenges are present. FANUC robots and cobots are designed to be easy to use, making it simple and efficient to create, alter, and execute new programs.

  • Why is warehouse robotic automation becoming more popular?

    The rising popularity of warehouse robotics and automation stems primarily from the many benefits provided by the integration of robots in: By automating physically-demanding and low-cognitive tasks, warehouses can achieve higher levels of productivity, efficiency, safety, and product quality.

  • What does robotic fulfillment mean?

    Robotic order fulfillment refers to the growing trend of utilizing automation solutions and warehouse robots to optimize processes such as picking, sorting, and palletizing. Robotic fulfillment presents numerous benefits, such as giving businesses a competitive advantage and increasing overall productivity.

    This trend also allows warehouses to automate tasks and processes that require minimal cognitive effort, reducing worker strain and promoting safer environments.

  • What should you consider before using a warehouse robot?

    Integrating warehouse robots can be largely beneficial regardless of the size and scope of your operations. However, before choosing what types of warehouse robots you will use, it is important to consider factors such as:

    - Warehouse operation bottlenecks

    - How long it takes to take and manage inventory

    - How well your current systems track your inventory

    - How much time workers spend picking items for order fulfillment

    By identifying areas of improvement, as well as places that routinely drain your staff’s time, energy, and focus, can give you an idea of where robot integration will be most beneficial for your warehouse.

  • How much does it cost to buy a warehouse robot?

    Enhancing your warehouse operations with automated robot solutions often requires a high initial investment, however our robots and cobots produce measurable results in the form of increased efficiency and fulfillment rates, decreased worker stress and injury, and improved precision of picking, packaging, and palletizing. If you are interested in purchasing warehouse robots for your facility, please contact one of FANUC’s warehouse automation experts.

  • How can warehousing robots and cobots improve the performance of your operations?

    Using warehousing robots can improve the effectiveness of your operations in many ways. For example, warehouse automation allows you to delegate more complex, meaningful tasks to your company’s employees rather than assigning them to complete repetitive, monotonous tasks, increasing the efficiency of these processes while also reducing the risk of injury and stress.

    Automating your warehouse can also limit the potential of human error through programming repetitive tasks as well as quality control measures, resulting in higher fulfillment accuracy and reducing the amount of time needed to manually verify accuracy and address mistakes.

    Learn more about how warehouse robots and cobots can specifically improve the performance of your warehouse operations by contacting our team of automation and robotics experts today.

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