In manufacturing plants around the world, industrial automation has become a priority as companies seek cost-effective ways of responding to dynamic customer requirements, labor challenges and global competition. Rethink’s advanced collaborative robotic technology is leading the way with the only complete cobot solution available from a single source.
Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading mail and logistics company, recently released their “Robotics in Logistics” Trend Report, talking about how collaborative robots will affect supply chains. DHL is working with robots in a number of ways, such as incorporating collaborative picking robots as assistants in distribution centers.
Rethink sat down with Ms. Yee, Vice President Innovation of DHL Asia Pacific, to hear about their plans for collaborative robots Baxter and Sawyer.
Q: Can you tell us a little about DHL’s strategic objectives to deploy robots in logistics.
A: 80 % of our warehouses globally are manual, so this gives a lot of opportunities to improve the productivity of our people.
Q: What role do collaborative robots play in DHL’s commitment for innovation?
A: The idea of having a robot that can work side by side with human beings, the idea of a robot that is economically interesting from an ROI perspective, and a robot that can be flexible and be taught and trained to do activities that can improve the productivity of our general work environment is very interesting for us.
Q: What impact do you think collaborative robots will have on the co-packing industry?
A: What we look to do in the future is to re-organize our processes in a way that we can allow collaborative robots to be part of this very human-heavy process and to add value to an existing process that is extremely labor intensive. And we look forward to having either Baxter or Sawyer be part of the chain of assembly lines for us to support the packaging process.
Q: How did you choose Rethink Robotics as your collaborative robot partner?
A: We did a lot of research when we developed our trend research report – deep dive on the topic of robotics and automation – and through this research we looked at different robotics providers and Rethink came up as a best in class robotsthat are able to work with human beings very effectively. And in their integrated approach, it also allows us to be able to teach the robots through people who may not have engineering skills sets.
Q: How do Baxter and Sawyer meet your objectives?
A: It is early still, but it has already met our objective of stirring the curiosity of our customers. We’re very happy to see so much interest with collaborative robots because we are able to demonstrate the capabilities of these robots in person. Nothing beats having a physical experience with a robot like Baxter or Sawyer, and we are looking forward to more use cases that we can deploy Sawyer and Baxter with our customers.
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