Retail, e-commerce, manufacturing and logistics companies are seeking to connect and automate as much as possible to increase productivity, speed and safety, while reducing costs. Warehouse automation will demonstrate the business value of cellular technology in the smart warehouse, in terms of both economics and sustainability.
Some use cases that depend on reliable, secure, wireless connectivity include:
Empower employees to be more efficient
Hands-free instructions based on augmented reality or audio systems help unskilled workers get up to speed quickly. Robots support humans by taking on repetitive, time-consuming tasks.
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.
Automated inventory management
An unknown physical inventory or one that is not matching its digital counterpart impacts the enterprise. Autonomous robots handle the more tedious aspects of counting and inspecting goods, freeing up humans to concentrate on tasks of greater complexity.
With a foundation of reliable, secure wireless connectivity, people and machines are increasing accuracy and efficiency in work processes.
Ericsson Industry Connect for smart warehousing
Zia Syed, CTO & Head of Product Engineering at Ericsson Industry Connect reflects on the innovative idea for Industry Connect and that it was inspired by our quest to solve connectivity challenges in the smart warehouse.