Challenge: Slow-moving products were delaying order fulfillment and clogging existing automation systems for a large pharmaceutical distributor. Totes filled with outgoing products were backing up on conveyors — creating a bottleneck, diminishing throughput and ultimately underutilizing other automation systems down the line.
Solution: The distributor moved its slower-moving, long-tail products from a high-speed automation system to a long-tail automation zone, and then deployed IAM Robotics' Swift robots to pick there.
Results: The distributor realized a 15% increase in existing facility capacity. Swift robots in this zone decreased the number of totes conveyed to the bottleneck, thereby alleviating the queue and allowing existing automation systems to receive their totes and be fully utilized.
About the Solution Provider: IAM Robotics is the industry leader for autonomous mobile manipulation robots (AMMRs) capable of fully automated order picking and transportation in fulfillment centers and warehouses. Focused on helping businesses grow without adding labor, our solutions work with your current automation and manual operations to drive efficiencies throughout your warehouse.
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