- 5 April 2017
- Transport / Logistics Services
International logistics company DHL Supply Chain is to test collaborative robots at a life sciences warehouse in Tennessee, USA. DHL is to test the Locus Robotics LucusBot for piece picking order fulfilment.
The LocusBots robots work alongside DHL Supply Chain warehouse staff, helping them locate and transport pick the items they need quickly. As a result the picking staff won’t have to push carts or carry bins.
“We believe it’s critical to identify and implement these types of advanced technology solutions in the warehouse so we can seamlessly improve our customers’ supply chains,” said Adrian Kumar, vice president of solutions design, DHL Supply Chain North America. “DHL Supply Chain’s initial implementation of this pilot program within the life sciences sector will inform the potential for broader deployment across different parts of our business. This is a natural evolution of our robotics program.”
The testing stage of the LocusBots will use a number of testing strategies, as well as assessing the robots’ ability to communicate with staff and the WMS, and how it moves around the warehouse.
Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics: “It’s especially gratifying to see the extent to which our offering is proving its worth in a wide range of warehouse environments. We’ve designed an easy-to-deploy, highly scalable solution that can improve the operating metrics for mid-size clients, as well as global powerhouses. We’re excited to partner with DHL Supply Chain on this initial deployment.”
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