According to a recent study by markets and markets, the modular robotics market is expected to reach $ 10.76 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 18 per cent. In the past few years, market players have introduced high-quality, innovative robotic technologies in the industrial sector, where these are used for warehousing, manufacturing, and assembling applications. Owing to this, organisations across the globe have been investing a significant amount of resources in the research and development to address current vulnerabilities while ensuring safe, secure and reliable production, using robotics. Furthermore, there has been an escalating demand for collaborative robots to avoid any possible human-errors and addressing the need for safe handling of industrial-grade operations. However, a major challenge for the companies in the modular robotics market is the interoperability issues, cyber-security threats and difficulty in integration of different robotic frameworks into existing facilities. One company, AutoStore, has an extensive track record when it comes to renewing and automating customers’ existing warehouse locations. With over two decades of experience in warehouse automation, the company has pioneered a cube storage automation, a fast order fulfilment system. The AutoStore system is an Automated Storage and Retrieval order-fulfilment solution that enables users to reduce the storage footprint by 75 per cent when compared to traditional storage space with aisles and shelves.
AutoStore’s modular design has proven to be perfectly suited for large distribution centres with its highly automated system to fulfil orders fast and efficiently. As the fastest order fulfilment solution per square foot, the company’s system is fully customisable to fit any floorplan shape and obstacles—enabling companies to seamlessly scale-up storage capacity up to four times and increase performance without additional hiring costs.
In addition, standardised modules for easy and fast installation can be delivered on-site in 12 weeks, and the systems’ can be integrated with third-party encryption such as fingerprint scanners or iris recognition to decrease the loss of items. Dedicated to ensuring 100 per cent uptime, AutoStore’s central mantra for its modular system has no-single-point-of-failure, so no component has the power to create a catastrophe. Robots are continuously self-diagnosing and reporting back to an intelligent notification system to proactively notify for preventive measures. In a bid to reduce maintenance costs and be more eco-friendly—users can substantially optimise utilisation of building footprint and reduce wasteful air cleaning, heating and cooling. The company’s robots not only recharge themselves at the right time to avoid excessive charging, but regenerative energy functions also return power to their batteries each time they lower a bin or reduce speed. Furthermore, the robots utilise low amounts of electricity with ten robots will use the same amount of energy like a vacuum cleaner and are capable of operating in the low-light conditions.
To illustrate, AutoStore’s efficacy in a real-case scenario, a fast-growing online lingerie startup, ‘Adore Me,’ seeking to create an innovative foundation for its expansion into physical retail approach the firm for assistance. By leveraging the AutoStore system, Adore Me’s 126,286-sq.-feet distribution centre was fulfilling over 20 thousand orders per day, which represents four times the volume of a conventional distribution centre. In addition to speed, orders were completed at a lower cost and with increased accuracy. Founded in 1996, AutoStore now is trusted by some of the biggest brands with over 450 installations in over 30 countries in a wide range of industries. The company also has an extensive network of qualified system integrator partners that distribute, design, install, and service its systems around the globe.