The founder of Amazon told his shareholders recently that he’ll be bringing in thousands of additional robots to move purchases off shelves and pack them in boxes.
More and more companies are beginning to depend on robotic devices to speed manufacturing and processing.
Robotic technology can give businesses a competitive edge by helping them get their products to market faster.
John Edwards interviews leaders in the investment community for tips on what to consider befor before investing in robotics.
According to expert analyst Dan Kara, Rethink Robotics is very well positioned, in terms of executive leadership, financing and first-to-market advantage to monopolize the market for its unique class of manufacturing robots for the foreseeable future.
Automated battery manufacturing is the key to affordable electromobility. It’s manufacturing processes continue to inspire innovation in battery construction and promote industry growth. AUTOMATICA 2012 offers a special exhibition demonstrating the potential of a fully automated battery production process.
The long-term ramifications of the purchase are not clear, but in the end Amazon could become an architecture provider for ebusiness order fulfillment (own the architecture, win the war). It could also develop fulfillment and distribution centers that for all practical purposes contain no people. That?s more than a paradigm shift, it is a seismic change and one with profound implications for businesses and society.
Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire ?RBR50 member?privately-held Kiva Systems, Inc., a leading innovator of mobile-robotic warehouse automation systems technology.
As one of its first demonstrators, RoboEarth has shown that robots with different hardware can share maps. Another demonstrator allowed a complex service robot to download hardware-independent object models from the RoboEarth database and use them for perception and manipulation. And a third demonstrator has shown how a service robot can identify, download, and use high-level task descriptions to serve a drink.
Specialists in logistics and supply chain management face multiple sets of contradictory requirements: Reduce the space they use, but increase the volume of goods they distribute; decrease latency while lowering transport and handling costs; and, most conspicuously, cut labor costs but maintain or increase service levels. Unlike corporate functions such as manufacturing, distribution cannot be…
Kiva Systems has added another notch to its belt with the announcement that the home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel had selected the Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System (Kiva MFS) to automate its Tracy, Calif., distribution complex. At first the announcement seemed unremarkable, particularly as it comes on the heels of a number of recent wins…
Heartland Robotics has received two investments for a total of $12 million since 2008, but little is known of the company’s product plans. Robotics Business Review speculates and offers insights into potential opportunities in industrial robotics.
Summary: Kiva Systems is producing one of the first truly disruptive technologies to come out of the robotics industry. By reversing the process of pick-pack-and-ship in distribution centers — so equipment, rather than a human worker, can bring products to the shipping — it has drastically reduced the inefficiency in one of the most work-…