Retail, e-commerce, manufacturing and logistics companies are seeking to automate as much of their operations as possible to increase productivity, speed and safety, while reducing costs. Warehouse automation will demonstrate the business value of 4G technology, in terms of both economics and sustainability.
Some common use cases that depend on reliable, secure, wireless connectivity include:
Drones and inventory robots
A physical inventory not matching its digital counterpart can have large consequences. Robots are able to handle tedious counting processes with greater accuracy and speed, thus reducing the costs and time needed to complete an inventory.
AGVs, AMRs, autonomous forklifts
While automated guided vehicles’ (AGVs) functionality is pre-programmed, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are able to navigate independently, determine optimal routes, and avoid collisions with objects, humans and other mobile machines.
Empowering human pickers to be more efficient
Goods-to-people robots bring racks of goods to human pickers. And hands-free instructions based on augmented reality or audio systems help unskilled workers get up to speed quickly. These efficiency-boosting technologies need reliable, secure, wireless connectivity.
Automated robots can handle the more tedious aspects of inspecting goods, freeing up humans to concentrate on tasks of greater complexity. With a foundation of reliable connectivity, people and machines are increasing accuracy and efficiency of inspections.