Pallet moving robots are a powerful addition to a warehouse operation. The efficiency gains are clear when robotics are added, but even if you don’t have immediate plans to add robotic automation to your order picking process, you can leverage pallet moving robots that improve the workflow at the transport dock – dramatically improving the speed to unload and load trucks today.
Pallet moving robots are a game-changer for e-commerce warehouses as well as grocery and convenience store distribution centers that require complex orchestration of pallets in and out of the center multiple times a day. Today robots can easily move pallets up to 2,200 pounds without supervision.
Robot Pallet Movers Dramatically Reduce the Need for Forklifts
The time and cost savings from robotic pallet movers comes from the speed at which palleted goods can be moved from the docking area to inventory aisles. The biggest time savings comes from reducing the need for forklift drivers to take pallets from the dock to navigate the warehouse aisles in order to drop off the pallet in its storage location. Using a robot pallet mover, forklift drivers need only to unload a pallet from a truck to the dock’s staging area for the robot to take away.
For example, with our Prime Robotics pallet moving system, a forklift operator loads a pallet onto a platform carried by a MobilePallet robot. Now the pallet has become highly mobile – with the robot taking instruction from the Robot Control System (RCS). The pallet moves autonomously (without supervision or instruction from a worker) through the warehouse.
MobilePallet can move its load to a storage location or any other desired location in the warehouse, and because the RCS communicates with the WMS (warehouse management system), the exact location of the pallet is always known.
Sophisticated location and safety technology enables MobilePallet to detect obstacles or pause for a person to cross its path. Once a MobilePallet robot has arrived at its destination, the robot sets down the platform holding the pallet load at its storage location, and then departs to be at-the-ready for its next mission. Now part of inventory, when the pallet is needed, a MobilePallet robot knows where it’s being stored because the RCS communicates directly with the WMS. The robot retrieves the pallet and brings it to a pick station, staging area or other destination.
Quickly moving heavy, cumbersome pallets through the warehouse unsupervised increases efficiency and reduces the labor required. Fewer forklifts are needed and workflows are streamlined. MobilePallet robots automatically go to a recharge station when their battery is low and can operate 24-hour shifts.
Pallet Moving Robots Assist in Many Warehouse Tasks
- Full-pallet putaway
- Staging loads for shipping
- Delivery and replenishment of empty pallets
- Order fulfillment
- Case picking
- Completed case pick to pallet wrap
- Movement of packed pallets to shipping
Create a Seamlessly Automated Warehouse That Combines Pallet Moving and Picking Robots
MobilePallet, and our warehouse robot that make inventory shelves mobile, the MobileShelf, can work in concert to create an automated warehouse environment that is more efficient and less physically taxing on workers. They are controlled by our RCS that integrates with virtually any WMS to improve productivity at every stage — from inventory inbounding to order picking.
Make 2021 the Year to Automate
Automating is now within reach of virtually every warehouse. Our $9K per month lease package includes 10 robots and all the accessories and customer support you need to save up to $80K every month the system is in place. You read more about our $9K Robot Lease Use Case and see the math detailing how warehouse labor costs are nearly cut in half.
To see all of our robots in action, I invite you to plan a visit our Denver headquarters to see our fully-functional demo warehouse where our robots are operating today. See how our robots enable top picking speed and higher productivity among all AMR’s on the market. We build all of our robots here in the U.S. at our headquarters, so you can get a peek at our entire robot-building process.
Please get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about your unique operation so we can recommend some ways to best leverage the power of robots in 2021,
CEO and Founder of Prime Robotics