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Growth expected for the global warehouse robotics sector by 20251
50,000 robotic warehouses
4 million robots
The global warehouse robotics market was valued at USD 3.5 billion in 2019 and it is expected to reach 6.8 billion by 20251. Connected systems (both within the warehouse and the global network) are helping industries perform a multitude of tasks (batching, picking, ordering, packaging, and more) as ways to improve operational efficiency.
Picking is the most time-consuming warehouse activity, and accounts for countless work hours and more worker effort than any other aspect of warehouse operations. To address this growing inefficiency, many distribution centers and warehouses are deploying picker robots into their workforce. The robot efficiently gathers product(s) and brings them to a centralized area, where human workers can fulfill orders more efficiently.
According to the Bank of America, it is estimated that by 2025, 45% of all manufacturing tasks will be executed by robotic technology.1
Think the Way Forward in Warehouse Automation
- By designing Honeywell FMA Series force sensors into the arm design, the same gripper can be used for different shapes and sizes. Feedback is based on the force of the object picked, not on indirect measurement.
- Board-mount pressure sensors can be designed in an array within the gripper design to provide tactile feedback.
Articulated Robotic Arm
- Honeywell FMA Series force sensors deliver fast, accurate feedback to the positioning of the robotic arm.
- MICRO SWITCH industrial limit switches are incorporated into the arm to assure each section of the rotary arm does not exceed the application requirements.
- The V7 Series basic switches are an option for end-of-travel applications.
- Honeywell 1D and 2D scan engines are often embedded into robots for piece-picking and order fulfillment as a part of a DC automation solution. For navigation, barcode labels are printed into the flooring for robot guidance. These devices help locate and transport materials of all weights, shapes, and sizes.
MICRO SWITCH industrial limit and safety switches are designed to ensure safe and efficient operation of the conveyor.
The 2CCP Cable-Pull Switch can be installed for perimeter guarding of the conveyor with the cable of the switch adjacent to the conveyor line.
MICRO SWITCH HDLS and 914CE limit switches reliably monitor the conveyor belt’s alignment.
Force Sensors in Robotic Applications
As an integral component in robotic applications, force sensors have numerous strengths that can add value to these applications. Industrial and surgical robots are part of a quickly growing global market as they can enable work with humans without the risk of injury and can help conduct visual tasks like inspection and path following.