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E-commerce Pushes Warehouses to Automate More Tasks

Posted September 02, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

With e-commerce poised for continued growth, robotics manufacturers look to replace tasks traditionally done by people in distribution and warehouse settings. Sizable barriers to adoption remain, however. Chief among them are the upfront capital investment in hardware and software, and achieving a return on that investment. Because warehouse robots are designed to handle and transport a certain class of products, finding the right mobile transport option to fit operations can be challenging. Depending on the application or the load imposed, the factory floor also may require precise design and installation.


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