Vanderlande’s customers demand greater flexibility and a higher level of logistics automation. Robotics is becoming increasingly important in this area, for example, when palletising and depalletising products. This can help to improve and optimise efficiency, profitability, operational availability and ergonomics. There is a large scope for potential robotic applications – especially in warehouse automation – and this is set to become increasingly prominent.
Vanderlande Robotics is overseeing a number of projects to develop value-added solutions. Since the acquisition of Ferdar in 2014, the company has been keen to develop workable robotic technology in anticipation of customer demand. Vanderlande Robotics strives to combine its know-how with a number of partners, such as its suppliers and universities, to create a range of practical applications. The automatic case picking concept already incorporates standard robotic solutions for the food industry.
In the near future robotic technology will be developed for other market segments, such as baggage handling; parcel and postal; fashion; and parts and components. This will be mainly in warehousing, with automatic item picking and ULD loading as examples of promising applications offered to Vanderlande’s customers. Robotic technology provides a number of benefits:
  • the ability to withstand tough working environments
  • 24/7 operations
  • fewer operational errors
  • a reduction in labour costs
  • less workplace injuries.