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5 Ways Robots Are Changing the Delivery Industry

5 Ways Robots Are Changing the Delivery Industry

If you are thinking of setting up your very own delivery company, you should know that there are a myriad of new innovations in the delivery industry. One of the biggest innovations being the usage of robotics in the production lines.

Back in the day, delivery companies had to hire a small army of workers to fulfill various functions. Nowadays though, a large number of these functions are being done by specialized robot arms. So if you are serious about setting up a delivery service, you should know how robots are making everything so much more efficient. Here are five ways robots are changing the delivery industry.

Faster Production Lines

Before robots were utilized in production lines, human workers were pretty much the norm. Some delivery companies were obliged to hire a small army of human workers in order to fulfill specific tasks. Nowadays though, robots are becoming a norm in production lines. By utilizing robots in production lines, a delivery company will be able to move many more packages in the long run.

For example, the packages need to be checked, packaged, and assigned to their designated destination. This might seem easy at first, however, you should remember that the production line tends to get very busy, and no matter how experienced the human worker may be, he or she is still limited by human physiology. Humans have a limited level of mobility or speed, and if there are too many packages to handle, they will eventually get overwhelmed.

An assembly line robot  arm, on the other hand, is specifically designed to work with incredible speed and efficiency. Most robot arms are also made to work from various angles, which means the robot arms will never get tangled up, no matter how fast the work process gets. Overall, by utilizing robotics, your production lines will function much faster.

More Cohesion in the Workplace

One of the best things about delivery companies using robots in their operations is enhanced cohesion. When human workers do the packing and moving in the production line, there is a chance that there will be misunderstandings and the production line will get slowed down.

However, if a delivery company uses robots, then the production lines will function like a well-oiled machine. For example, if a delivery company invests in a production line that utilizes an assembly line robot arm, then there will be fewer chances of slip-ups. Robot arms could be controlled and given very specific commands. This is an incredible innovation that will enhance the way you run your delivery company.

Fewer Chances of Injuries

One of the biggest risks of hiring human workers for production lines is the risk of injuries. Remember that production lines are stressful atmospheres. The workers will be handling heavy equipment and sharp implements. Add to that a frantic work atmosphere, and there is a very big chance of someone getting injured.

This can be detrimental to any company because an accident and injury happening during work hours and within the company premises means that the company will have to pay for hospitalization costs. There is also the risk that the employee will sue the company for injuries, and for an unsafe work environment.

By investing in robots, delivery companies can minimize the chances of injuries and potential lawsuits. Human workers no longer need to put themselves in dangerous situations. Instead, the robot arms will be the ones that do the heavy lifting and other more dangerous tasks. Should there be an accident, and the robot is damaged, at least there is no danger to human life. There is also no chance of getting sued for unsafe work practices.

Cut Back on Hiring Employees

A key disadvantage of using human workers is the added cost. When you hire a human worker, you will need to pay them a monthly wage. Aside from that, you will also need to pay for their insurance and other benefits. There is also the necessary cost of holiday pay and sick leave. All these expenses add up, and it could really put some weight on your company’s overall budget. By investing in robotics you can still run your delivery services without having to spend a small fortune on human workers.

There is the added expense of paying for repairs and maintenance of the robot arms, however, robot arms are more durable than human workers and they usually need to get repaired once every few months. What’s important is that they go through proper maintenance.

More Efficient Logistics

Logistics is one of the most important aspects of running a delivery company. Remember that you are competing against other delivery companies, so time is of the essence. If your logistics are sloppy then you will surely get left behind by the competition. One example is the process of getting the deliveries from the production line to the transportation. Before, human workers had to lift up huge boxes full of delicate products into the trucks. This usually takes a lot of time. This is time that most delivery companies cannot waste.

By utilizing robots, delivery companies will no longer have to deal with slip-ups in logistics. You could achieve this by installing specialized robot arms in key areas all over the workstations. This will ensure that the robot arms work in complete cohesion with one another and that there will be no lag throughout the process.

Conclusion

When it comes to setting up a delivery company of your very own, you should know how to optimize every aspect of it. One of the best ways to do this is to use robotics in your productions. By knowing how robots are changing the landscape of the delivery industry, you’ll be more than willing to use them in your own delivery industry.


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by Harvey Carr // Harvey Carr is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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