Supply chains and warehouses are being stretched to breaking point by challenges that traditional means aren’t nimble, flexible, or scalable enough to solve. Surging global volume and the demand for shorter delivery windows have necessitated an increase in production capacity, but output is limited by a debilitating labor shortage.
The solution, then, is for companies to introduce automated robotics systems to streamline and accelerate their operations. Since a single human can remotely control up to 50 robots, automation solves the labor shortage issue and even creates a happier workforce. But this gives rise to a new question: how can we optimize supply chain and warehouse automation systems to achieve peak productivity and throughput rates?
Uniting the complementary talents of robotics companies
Most robotics companies specialize in a particular area. For example, at Plus One Robotics, we develop vision software for logistic robots. This gives them the hand-eye coordination necessary for accurately picking and packing at speed. But even our greatest software innovations can’t reach their full potential without responsive machines that put them to best use.
By building partnerships with complementary peers, robotics companies can combine their specialties to develop new solutions that far exceed the sum of their parts. This allows manufacturers, logistics firms, and retailers to overcome supply chain and warehouse automation challenges, and maximize their operational efficiency.
Our picking and packing partnership with Tompkins Robotics
At Modex 2022, we announced Plus One’s new partnership with Tompkins Robotics, a global leader in robotic automation systems for distribution and fulfillment operations. Through this partnership, we’ve combined our 3D and AI-powered PickOne vision software with their modular tSort unit and parcel sortation suite. When applied to Tompkins’ fleet of autonomous mobile robots, ecommerce customers receive the ultimate in flexible picking and packing automation.
“Joining tSort with Plus One’s induction robots is marrying two innovative and cutting-edge robotics solutions that offer end customers expedited and accurate parcel and unit sortation,” said Mike Futch, president and CEO of Tompkins Robotics. “The combined system will provide for greater flexibility not only in warehouses but in distribution centers as well as restocking in stores.”
Working together with Tompkins Robotics has enabled our companies to provide significantly more options for sorting and classifying packages than either of us ever could alone. This raises throughput rates and minimizes downtime in a range of supply chain settings, and the ability to add robots at any time means the solution is easily scalable. As a result, users at all stages of the ecommerce supply chain can meet increasing demand in record time.
Automate your ecommerce operations with award-winning logistics software
These innovations in supply chain and warehouse automation aren’t just a goal for the future. They’re here, right now, waiting for you to adopt them. Contact us today to request a demo, and see first-hand how you can optimize your picking and packing systems with award-winning logistics software.