Some of the most impressive advances in robotics in recent years are visible in newly automated warehouses.

Rob Spiegel

January 21, 2022

1 Min Read

Amazon had demonstrated how well robots can automate a warehouse. Robot automation has become so important to the world’s second-largest retailer, the company bought a robot company. Amazon has introduced robots named Bert and Ernie, as well as the Scooter and Kermit robots.

The safety of human workers has also been elevated by Amazon’s ubiquitous use of automation. Amazon’s work is now filtering down to smaller warehouses. The concepts and technology that support warehouse automation have gone democratic. Smaller warehouses are not taking advantage of advancing robot technology.

There are two basic types of warehouse robots: automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The difference between these two lies in their navigation technologies. Warehouses also use pick-and-place robots and palletizing robots.

This video demonstrates some amazing warehouse robots.


About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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