Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, has announced a large supplier in the food distribution industry has selected Dematic for a new robotics solution. Unlike other industries such as manufacturing, food distribution has not been a traditional market for robotic automation. But with special challenges — including finding labor resources to work in temperature-controlled environments — more companies are seeking innovations that can both solve immediate issues and provide a competitive advantage.
The robotics solution that Dematic will design and implement will meet both marks. Frozen product entering the distribution center will be depalletized and loaded onto transfer conveyor by the first robot. As the cases arrive at the palletizing cell, a second robot will arrange the cases on pallets specifically designed for store delivery. Software and controls ensure the pallets are built to meet the daily needs of the individual stores.
“We are just beginning to realize the potential of robotic solutions for solving critical picking and sorting challenges in distribution centers,” says Crystal Parrott, Vice President of the Dematic Robotics Center of Excellence. “Dematic is fully committed to providing the automation innovations that will change the way companies tackle their fulfillment challenges.”
For more information about Dematic robotic solutions, visit dematic.com/robotics or contact Cheryl Falk at Cheryl.Falk@dematic.com or 262-860-6715.