Drones, driverless trucks and robots are commonly discussed in the logistics sector as game-changing factors, but are these concepts largely hype? LMH finds out. When Amazon made its first-ever public Prime Air drone delivery in the US last year, people in the logistics sector started to consider and ask questions around whether this would be … Continue reading Hype or reality?
DHL Supply Chain has announced plans to deploy emerging technologies in 350 of its 430 facilities in North American facilities and transportation control towers as part of a $300 million investment. Selected technologies will vary by customer needs, based on the outcomes of research and pilot programs completed by DHL’s internal innovation teams and collaboration … Continue reading DHL invests US$300M in emerging technologies
Analysts from Research and Markets have announced in their latest report on industrial automation that the global industrial automation services market was worth US$35.2 billion ($44.5 billion) in 2016 and is estimated to reach US$64.5 billion ($80.6 billion) by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 per cent for the forecasted … Continue reading Global industrial automation market to reach $80.6 billion
Engineering students from across Australia and New Zealand are exploring smart transport technology through an autonomous robotics competition in September. This year, the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NIARC) has a theme of ‘Transportation Innovation’, which will see the autonomous robots navigate a ‘smart city’. The robots must follow road rules, adjust speed in line … Continue reading Uni students compete with autonomous robot technology
An Australian robotics team has taken the top prize in the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge Australian Centre for Robotic Vision from Australia succeeded in the Grand Championship Combined Task to win the overall challenge and the top prize of US$80,000 ($99,850), with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore taking the pick task and the US MIT … Continue reading Australian team takes top Amazon robotics prize
If we are to believe the headlines, then driverless trucks and drones are about to revolutionise delivery transport. But how close are these developments, really? These developments will likely be academic for years to come. There is more value in looking at what we can do now to improve efficiency with technology and processes which … Continue reading Let’s have a mature, calm conversation about driverless trucks and drone deliveries
Charlie Macdonald, Chief Information Officer, DB Schenker AU/NZ, recently shared insight on the impact of disruptive technologies on the transport and logistics sector with the university of Sydney’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies. Macdonald has over 25 years’ experience working around the globe in the transport and logistics industry, and a passion for learning … Continue reading DB Schenker CIO AU/NZ on the cloud, disruption and technology
Robotics will cause the most disruption in the supply chain in the next five years, according to a study carried out by the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute, as first reported by Modern Materials Handling. The study looked at the anticipated impact of five technologies on the supply chain on the next … Continue reading Robotics to be biggest supply chain disruptor
Research and Markets has recently released a research report on the market for robots designed for use in warehouses and the logistics sector. The report, ‘Warehousing and Logistics Robots: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts’, found that worldwide sales for the robots reached US$1.9 billion in 2016 ($2.5 billion), forecast to rise to US$22.4 billion (29 … Continue reading Logistics robots market to be worth $29bn by 2021
DHL has launched its second Innovation Challenges event and is calling for students, start-ups and inventors worldwide to submit their ideas for two logistics-related challenges. Participants are invited to either develop a prototype of a mobile piece picking robot or develop a solution to a logistics problem using a sharing economy business model, platform or … Continue reading DHL kicks off logistics innovation contest
Supply chain optimisation platforms, digital payment, robotics and unmanned aerial solutions were amongst the inventions which took centre stage at the DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Day this week, hosted at the DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Centre in Singapore. The Most Innovative Customer Award went to a DHL collaboration with Schindler Lifts to develop a bespoke … Continue reading Robotics and supply chain optimisation at the DHL APAC Innovation Day
Technology company GreyOrange and logistics technology provider GROUND Inc have been awarded the contract to supply robotics solutions to the Nitori Holdings Group, Japan’s largest furniture and home furnishing chain with over 400 stores. The robotics system will be deployed at Home Logistics which is a logistics subsidiary of Nitori Holdings, operating 34 distribution bases … Continue reading Butler robot contract awarded for large home furnishing chain in Japan
The e-commerce giant Amazon has announced that it ‘employed’ 45,000 robots in 20 of its fulfilment centres during the 2016 holiday season, up from the 30,000 working alongside 230,000 human colleagues during the 2015 holiday season. The amount of human workers employed in the last holiday season is to be announced at the company’s earning … Continue reading Amazon’s robot workforce grows by 50 per cent
Interest in industrial robotics is rising rapidly as prices are coming down and capabilities are increasing.
As automation and robotics become more prevalent on the worksite, new roles will need to be created to keep people employed.
With automation and robotics gaining traction in Australian industries, what lies ahead for many of our workers?
ABB Australia announces the official opening of a new Regional Robotics Packaging Application Hub in Singapore.
The new Industry 4.0 robot was launched by German robotics manufacturer KUKA at the Automatica in Munich this year.
Auto Control Systems (ACS) has announced a partnership with Universal Robots, the fast-growing, Denmark-based company with the lightweight robots famously able to work safely alongside people.