Help throughout the warehouse

Robotic applications

Receiving. Retrieving. Storing. Today’s robots can handle a host of horizontal transportation and vertical storage tasks.

Capable robotics for today’s warehouses

You have more to move, and fewer workers to make it happen. With robotic lift trucks,
you can focus your employees where you need them most, control costs and help improve
safety. But for automation to be a real answer to your challenges, you need proven solutions,
not science fair projects. That’s where we can help. Our robotic lift trucks have been tested
and approved in a variety of workflows, and represent the industry’s largest deployed fleet.

Applications

Warehouse use cases for robotics

Advances in sensors and robotic technology enable robotic lift trucks to automate a number of common tasks.

 Illustrations of various warehouse environments with specific workflows called out

Robotic CB stacker pulling a pallet in a warehouse

Clear the dock quickly

Receiving

Receiving docks must quickly move incoming loads to make room for the next arrivals. Once pallets are offloaded from trailers, inspected, labeled and scanned, the warehouse management system (WMS) can trigger a robotic lift truck to pick them up and move them to a designated drop-off location, such as racking, AS/RS, conveyor or a staging area.

Robotic reach truck placing a pallet onto racking

Accurately store inventory

Put away

Robots are more accurate and reliable than their manual counterparts when it comes to placing loads in the correct racking slot every time. A robotic lift truck directed by a WMS can pick up a pallet and move it efficiently to racking, a case or layer pick zone, staging bulk storage or another assigned destination.

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Close-up of a robotic tow tractor pulling a cart

Efficiently transportv

Value-added service

Maximizing speed, efficiency and safety when moving goods from point to point within the warehouse is essential to getting inventory out the door and meeting customer order fulfillment requirements. Robotic lift trucks are a strong mechanism for moving items to areas that support value-added services such as kitting, bundling, customizing or re-packing.

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Robotic reach truck retrieves an item from a high rack

Grab and go

Retrieval

Picking tunnel replenishment is a critical retrieval task that keeps order fulfillment operations moving. When a SKU runs low, the WMS can trigger a request to replenish. A robotic lift truck can automatically pull pallets down from racking and into position to support uninterrupted fulfillment. By automating replenishment work, operations can boost labor efficiency, with employees isolated from high-traffic areas and focused on more challenging, engaging tasks of picking products and building pallets.

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A robotic tow tractor prepares to place a box on a storage rack

Take it away

Outbound

Robotic lift trucks can be deployed to continually move loads to outbound locations. Examples of these repetitive jobs conducive to automation include pallet and waste handling, milk runs and transportation of rejected goods to quarantine. Leveraging robotics for these common warehouse chores can help make more efficient use of labor and help reduce costs.

Additional resources

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