10 Takeaways From A3’s Autonomous Mobile Robot and Logistics Conference
The Association for Advancing Automation and FedEx hosted an event that looked at the latest logistics automation, best practices, and key innovations.
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Incremental change but big investments
At A3’s Louisville event, FedEx’s Prather challenged the industry to develop systems to help load and unload trucks on loading docks. The threshold between indoor and outdoor materials handling is difficult because of weather, multiple systems, and tight spaces.
Most were for smaller pick-and-place tasks, with the exceptions of Boston Dynamics’ Handle and Dextrous’ “chopstick”-style robot.
Not to be confused with Dextrous, software firm Dexterity Inc. raised $140 million last week. Samir Menon, founder and CEO of Dexterity, described how dexterous manipulation capabilities are scaling at the conference.
Robotics 24/7 has tracked more than $1.4 billion in investments in mobile robots and $29 billion in supply chain and logistics automation so far this year.
Hanover Research found that nearly three-quarters of chief supply chain officers say...
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