5 Ways Robots Help with Shelf Picking Operations

Keep on reading to learn how robots can improve your shelf-picking

Working in warehouses can be quite the task. Long hours of picking up and arranging items in their designated areas and picking them up from the shelves when needed is one hell of a job.

Human workers in large warehouses always complain of very poor working conditions, fatigue and serious injuries when working. The monotonous routine of picking up and shelving different products to the very spot is not only boring but also physically engaging.

With the emergence of robots however, picking and shelving of goods and products in massive warehouses is bound to change for the better. Robots are correctly programmed and integrated in the warehouses to substitute humans in doing these hard tasks.

Here are some of the ways robots help in shelf picking and why they're preferred:

1. Improved Accuracy

Unlike humans, robots are programmed to carry out tasks in a more specific way. They are therefore very accurate in whatever they do.

In large warehouses, robots are programmed to pick specific items when fed with a certain set of instructions. You don’t expect a robot to pick the wrong goods or go to the wrong shelf. Humans make errors, but the degree robot's accuracy is high and they are very reliable.

2. Speed

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The use of robots in warehouse operations enhances and increases the services and operations of the warehouse. A working robot will not tire itself working at a constant speed like humans do.

They'll literally make numerous trips shelving or picking up goods to and from different metal shelves and delivering them to the designated areas over and over again.

Their speed is way higher than that of a human. In any business we all know how important the speed of receiving a desired service is.

3. Safety

As a human worker in a large warehouse, you're bound to do a lot of lifting and moving of goods around the warehouse. This puts you at risk of very serious injuries. Lifting heavy goods means repeated use of the back and increased chances of injuring it.

Using a robot in these warehouse operations will reduce the chances of injury to zero. The robot is made of hard steel and will not break a back (literally) lifting heavy weights. The worst it can get for a robot is just a breakdown, which can be corrected mechanically.

4. Increased Hours of Operation

Manual shelving and picking of goods from shelves is a tedious and tiring job which requires constant breaks for the workers. The maximum amount of time you can possibly work picking up and shelving goods is probably three to four hours - with a break in between.

Using a robot on the other hand, means constant working without breaks, without holidays or offs. This increases the number of hours of warehouse operation.

5. Increased Productivity

The overall productivity of a warehouse or the business in general will be greatly improved by integrating a robot system in the operations.

Reduced loss of goods to breakage and accidents, increased hours of operation and reduced amounts of money paid to cater for sustained injuries at work will mean increased productivity.

The humans, who were initially used in the manual shelf picking job, can be used to do other tasks in the warehouse - like monitoring the robots and doing the light jobs around. This will mean more profits to the business.

We all want productivity in whatever we do, don’t we?

Owing to these positives, it’s not a surprise then that most large warehouses are employing the services of robots to help with the shelving, picking and delivering of goods.