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Smart warehouses are becoming more robotic than ever. New approaches to designing, simulating, and monitoring robotic systems optimize the investment and help avoid issues such as collisions and downtime. Innovative robotic equipment solutions automate repetitive materials movement tasks, allowing personnel to assume safer, more thought-provoking work. Robotic systems engineering and management Design and engineering services are helping to reset warehouse systems and processes for the present business climate. “Technologies such as robotics, analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning have a key role in reshaping the post-COVID factories and warehouses that are operating with a reduced workforce and increased social distancing,” says Prabhakar Shetty, global head of digital manufacturing services at L&T Technology Services (LTTS) . Using LTTS’ Frugal Manufacturing approach (flexible, remote, unconventional, glocal, and agile), engineers can build multiple what-if simulation models to analyze optimum staffing, inventory, warehousing, and throughput. The Frugal approach provides organizations with a ready basis for line expansion, new product development, agile sourcing, and remote asset care, Shetty explains. Read " Ultrasound abounds, improving maintenance practices and outcomes " Siemens ’ Tecnomatix Process Simulate helps to assess and optimize working conditions in manual workplaces and configure work areas for employees and robots. Tecnomatix Plant Simulation for Warehousing and Material Handling supports all phases of the intralogistics process, “from conceptual design, through detailed analysis, all the way through virtual commissioning and operations with the closed-loop digital twin,” says Noam Ribon, senior consultant for the manufacturing engineering segment of Siemens Digital Industries Software. Spring water bottler and Siemens customer Finn Spring uses Plant Simulation to test new ideas in a digital twin before implementing them in a fully automated high-bay warehouse. “As e-commerce explodes, so does the relentless push for warehousing and material handling systems to have a larger capacity, perform faster, and more important than […]
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