Starsky Robotics testing unmanned trucks in live traffic

Starsky Robotics announced it has started testing unmanned trucks on public highways with live traffic in Florida. The first unmanned test in live traffic took place on June 16, with the heavy-duty truck traveling 9.4 miles on the Florida Turnpike. It successfully navigated a rest area, merged onto the highway, changed lanes and maintained a speed[…]

Amazon’s New Packing Robots to Replace Workers

Amazon is introducing packing robots in some of its facilities that will replace human employees, according to a report from Reuters, citing two unnamed sources. The “CartonWrap” system from Italian firm CMC can reportedly pack 600-700 packages per hour — four to five times the average rate of human packers. The robotic packing system would[…]

Acting Fast to Slow Machinist Turnover

A.R.E. Manufacturing Inc. is a family-owned contract machine shop located in Newberg, Oregon. What started out of a garage as a two-person business has grown into an established company with nearly 50 employees that specializes in the manufacture of machined components using high precision CNC equipment: vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers with pallet systems[…]

Driverless Cars, Blockchain, and Other Transformative Technologies

While the real impact to commercial real estate is more than 10 years away for many technologies, disruption in the near term will be generated from a few—namely ridesharing, autonomous mobile robotics for eCommerce fulfillment, and electric vehicles. CRE players will need to focus on flexibility and efficiencies to adapt to changing paradigms brought on[…]

What If Your Grocery Orders Were Prepared in a Tiny Robot Warehouse?

Your local supermarket could soon be home to a miniature robotic warehouse. Boston-area startup Takeoff Technologies is developing what it calls micro fulfillment centers. These will be small, heavily automated grocery distribution facilities that could be located inside existing supermarkets and used to quickly assemble orders for delivery or customer pickup. Putting them in existing[…]

Are Warehouses on the Path to “Lights Out”?

What does “Lights Out” mean in terms of industrial facilities? Traditionally, the definition of lights out is a facility without people. This can be an attractive solution for companies that struggle with costs and labor retention. As attractive as lights out is conceptually, it must be the right solution for the company. Goods-to-person transportation routes[…]

Fewer restrooms, more charging stations: How robots will transform the warehouse

A warehouse designed for robots needs different “amenities” than one designed for people. Here are a few things to consider when going robotic. The rise of robotics is one of the fastest-growing trends in logistics, with announcements of warehouses that have invested in robots or autonomous vehicles coming almost weekly. Distribution center managers are now[…]