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collaborate. You don't want someone
jumping in front of a robot that's on a
mission-critical path."
While on the subject of "humans,"
several of the industry experts noted
that even if robots and automation help
solve labor shortages, they do introduce
the need for other types of workers:
those with the technology skillsets to
oversee such systems. This might be
particularly appealing to a younger
generation already more accustomed

machines that are able to both pick and
transport-and has created an autonomous mobile picking robot solution that
does just that.
Even so, Joel Reed, IAM Robotics
VP, said there are still misconceptions
that robots can move into an environment that was designed for humans and
mechanical equipment, "and do all that
work right away, without any changes to
those environments. Some of it is being
done incrementally."
Preparing the environment isn't necessarily difficult or costly, added Tom
Galluzzo, IAM Robotics founder and
CEO, but it is "important."
"The areas where robots are going
to work need safety precautions and
demarcations," he said. "People in those
areas need to know that a robot is working in the environment. People in that
environment need proper training for
how the robot works, how to be safe with
it, how to interact with it and so forth.
You also need space for the robot to be
able to move around; you can't have a
lot of clutter."
That's not only about safety, Reed
added. It's also about productivity.
"Safety is a priority, but in these collaborative environments a lot of people
are talking about, robot productivity is impeded by obstacles," he said.
"Obstacles can affect workflow and
throughput. There are benefits to segregating robots and humans, or establishing rules in how and when they will

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to a digital landscape rather than the
physical labor of a warehouse.
Regardless, they say, the time for taking a "wait and see" approach in terms
of automation has passed.
"The keys to achieving distribution
and fulfillment success are economies of
scale, automation, great customer satisfaction and high volume," said Tompkins.
"Missing any of these four will result in a
material handling system that does not
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2

CEO Update
3-Step Checklist for Addressing the Supply Chain Skills Gap
Beyond Analytics
Women Rising
People Are at the Center of the Robotics Revolution
Acing ‘The Basics’ of Business
Bridging the Skills Gap
Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
Identifying Talent
Attracting and Retaining Top Supply Chain Talent
Consider Sustainability When Choosing Your Next Forklift Power System
CTE Program: Students, Instructors Benefit from Student Days Participation
Industry Focus: Intermodal
Education and Industry: An Ecosystem Mindset
2018 MHI Innovation Award Finalists
MODEX 2018
Economic Market Analysis
Safer Handling
Fulfillment Update
Product/Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
Inside MHI
Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?
MHI News
Calendar
Index of Advertisers
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - CEO Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Beyond Analytics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Women Rising
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Acing ‘The Basics’ of Business
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Bridging the Skills Gap
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Identifying Talent
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Consider Sustainability When Choosing Your Next Forklift Power System
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - CTE Program: Students, Instructors Benefit from Student Days Participation
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Industry Focus: Intermodal
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Education and Industry: An Ecosystem Mindset
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - 2018 MHI Innovation Award Finalists
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - MODEX 2018
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Economic Market Analysis
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Safer Handling
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Fulfillment Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Product/Solutions Spotlight
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Inside MHI
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - MHI News
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Calendar
MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Index of Advertisers
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