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Photo courtesy of IAM Robotics.

focus on what they do best, and lets the
robot handle the physical transport of
the items."
"The use of mobile robots and
robotic shuttle systems can increase
warehouse space utilization because no
person or forklift access is needed," says
Zoghzoghy. "This enables greater cube
density, which allows more products to
be stored for fulfillment."
Another financial benefit of
robots is related to energy usage, says
Zoghzoghy. "The cost of kilowatt hours
varies during the day, so robots can be
scheduled to charge at times when the
cost is lowest. This means the warehouse owner pays for energy at its lowest cost during the day, then uses the

energy stored in the robot batteries
throughout the day."
Collaborative robots enhance
the work environment
Safety is one issue that has hampered the adoption of robots in the
past. "Perhaps, the biggest recent
innovation is the ability for humans
and robots to work side by side," says
Wise. "Historically, robots and humans
might have shared the same building, but they were separated by cages
because of safety concerns.  Today's
robots are now safe enough to work
alongside humans so it's longer a question of humans or robots, but one of
humans and robots."

As robots handle more tasks within
a warehouse, employees are able to
focus on operational improvements
instead of basic, unskilled tasks, says
Zoghzoghy. "This makes jobs in the
industry more interesting, which minimizes employee turnover as the work
environment becomes safer and working
conditions improve."
As employee responsibilities change,
jobs will become more attractive, points
out Zoghzoghy. "There will be a greater
need for people with technical skills
to operate and maintain them within
the facilities. These opportunities will
attract people who may not have considered this industry as a career."
While the actual "robot" is the innovation people most often recognize,
there are some component innovations
that have improved robot performance
and fiscal viability, says Zoghzoghy.
*	 Energy	sources
Just like any mechanism, robots
consume energy. One of the main
challenges with mobile robots is the
need to pack enough energy on board
and provide enough power to move.
"Specifically with batteries, we are
trying to increase their power and
energy, and also improve their life
cycles and shelf life, while minimizing
the cost," he says.
The increase in demand for batteries in various sectors is driving
researchers and battery manufacturers to improve battery performance
and cost, he adds. "In the past five

Robotics effect on manufacturing and nearshoring
While offshoring has never been
an option for the e-commerce supply
chain, robotics has had some effect
and will continue to impact manufacturing-resulting in more companies nearshoring, or returning to
North America, says Tom Galluzzo,
Ph.D., chief executive officer of IAM
Robotics. "There are many ways
robotic technology can address some
of the reasons manufacturers initially
went offshore."
"In general, labor costs and
employee turnover were the driving

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factors to offshoring our manufacturing
facilities," points out Joe Zoghzoghy,
mobile robotics manager for Bastian
Solutions. "Building efficient robotic
systems that minimize part costs and
offer companies attractive returns on
their investments can certainly flip the
table and bring manufacturers back to
North America," he adds.
"Collaborative robotics allow business to be much more nimble than
industrial robots," says Melonee
Wise, chief executive officer of Fetch
Robotics. "If a business has to change a

product, or process, it's far less work to
do so with collaborative robots working
alongside people."
"The attractive payback periods that
these systems offer are an added bonus
to manufacturers," says Zoghzoghy. He
looks forward to robotic technology's
role in the future of manufacturing
and adds, "This certainly helps our
economy by having American-made
products that are price competitive, and
creating higher skilled jobs for people to
design, program, operate and maintain
these robotic systems."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3

CEO Update
Intelligent Robots Offer a Competitive Edge
3D Printing Will Disrupt Manufacturing as Adoption Rates Rise
Predictive Analytics
Sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things
Industry Focus: Consumer Electronics
Industry Report Released
2016 MHI Innovation Awards
The New Face of the Supply Chain?
2016 MHI Annual Conference Preview
Regional Supply Chain Education and Workforce Summits Raise Awareness of Industry, Opportunities
Economic Market Analysis
Safer Handling
Solutions Group Update
Fulfillment Update
Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
MHI News
Calendar
Index of Advertisers
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - CEO Update
MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Intelligent Robots Offer a Competitive Edge
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 3D Printing Will Disrupt Manufacturing as Adoption Rates Rise
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Predictive Analytics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Industry Focus: Consumer Electronics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Industry Report Released
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2016 MHI Innovation Awards
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - The New Face of the Supply Chain?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2016 MHI Annual Conference Preview
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Regional Supply Chain Education and Workforce Summits Raise Awareness of Industry, Opportunities
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Economic Market Analysis
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Safer Handling
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Solutions Group Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Fulfillment Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Solutions Spotlight
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - MHI News
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