Episode 433: Vecna Robotics removes the fear of Warehouse Automation Integration
In today’s episode of The New Warehouse Podcast, we have the privilege of welcoming Anthony Moschella, the Senior Vice President of Product Management at Vecna Robotics. Vecna Robotics is at the forefront of warehouse automation, specializing in vehicular robotics for warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing centers. What sets Vecna Robotics apart is its commitment to a human-centric approach in robotics, aiming not to replace humans but to collaborate with them, enabling advanced workflows and greater efficiency. In this conversation, we’ll delve into the current state of warehouse automation, explore user experience in the industrial sector, and uncover Vecna Robotics’ exciting partnership with Geodis. So, if you’re eager to discover how cutting-edge robotics are shaping the future of warehousing while enhancing the human element, listen to the full episode.
Overcoming Fear in Warehouse Automation Integration
There is a widespread acknowledgment of the need for automation, with nearly 98-99% of warehouse operations leaders considering its adoption. However, as Anthony points out, there is a palpable fear surrounding this transformative technology.
Anthony believes what holds warehouse operators back from embracing automation is the fear of the unknown impact on their established processes and the workforce. There’s a prevailing concern about the disruption that automation might bring and the potential for job displacement.
To address these fears, Anthony highlights Vecna Robotics’ unique approach, emphasizing collaboration between humans and robots rather than replacement. He notes, “We’re not here to replace your workers with robots. We’re here to look at your system and identify where to deploy in a way that makes sense.” This approach ensures that human expertise is still a crucial part of warehouse operations, working in tandem with robots to achieve greater efficiency.
A Turnkey Approach to Warehouse Automation Integration
One key aspect of Vecna’s approach to automation integration is to offer a range of scaled engagement options, allowing warehouse operators to begin with smaller deployments to demonstrate utility. This gradual approach minimizes disruption while showcasing the benefits of automation in a controlled setting.
Furthermore, Vecna Robotics provides turnkey solutions with flexible API integrations, ensuring that their technology can adapt to existing IT environments. Anthony notes, “We have a very flexible API that can integrate into your existing IT environment. So, we’re trying to take some of that friction out of it.”
To bolster confidence in the reliability of their automation solutions, Vecna Robotics has introduced the Pivotal Command Center, a 24/7 teleoperation and remote monitoring service staffed by their employees. This constant oversight and immediate response to issues contribute to a sense of security and trust in the technology.
By addressing fears, offering turnkey solutions, and providing ongoing support and optimization, Vecna Robotics aims to empower warehouse operators to embrace automation as a valuable tool for enhancing productivity and efficiency in their facilities.
Revolutionizing Case Picking with Collaborative Automation
Anthony provides insights into the partnership between Vecna Robotics and Geodis and how the approach to case-picking automation promises to redefine the industry. The concept revolves around creating a seamless association between orders and robots. In traditional warehouse operations, associates manually navigate the facility, picking items for specific orders. This one-to-one relationship between associate and order often results in inefficiencies, labor-intensive processes, and a limited capacity for processing orders.
However, with Vecna Robotics’ innovative solution, the equation changes. The robot dynamically generates routes to pick locations, and associates work collaboratively with the robots to fulfill orders. This dynamic coordination, akin to an Uber-like system for robotics and human workers, optimizes efficiency, enhances reliability, and ensures the safety and satisfaction of associates.
Early results demonstrate remarkable improvements, with almost 200% greater efficiency than conventional one-to-one operations. This transformative approach holds the promise of not only streamlining case picking but also revolutionizing workflows in warehouses and distribution centers, ultimately creating a win-win scenario for businesses and their workforce.
- Collaborative Robotics: Vecna Robotics promotes collaboration between humans and robots in warehouse automation, ensuring efficiency while preserving the human element.
- Turnkey Solutions: Vecna offers scalable, disruption-minimizing automation solutions with flexible API integrations for easy adoption.
- Revolutionizing Case Picking: The partnership with Geodis transforms case picking, increasing efficiency by nearly 200% and enhancing worker satisfaction.
EP 433: Vecna Robotics Removes the Fear of Warehouse Automation Integration