To relieve warehouse workers from strenuous manual tasks and efficiently process customer orders, several robotic solutions have been part of the team in Bad Mergentheim for years: Five Pick-it-Easy Robots, two robots for fast picking, four shipping robots for palletizing containers and cartons and six Open Shuttles perform important logistics processes completely automatically, allowing employees to focus on more important processes in the warehouse. For example, the Pick-it-Easy Robot takes over picking orders. It can pick regardless of container, packaging or item type – or time of day. Plus, the robot learns something new with each pick. Its ability to determine the grip point develops continuously thanks to machine learning. Every grip improves the algorithm, making subsequent grips more robust and reliable. This special artificial intelligence tool was developed by the US company Covariant.
Robotics plays a very important role in Würth’s strategy. We want to secure future growth, maximize productivity and reduce the strain on our employees. Using robotics also offers opportunities for our colleagues’ professional development by creating new tasks and activities that allow them to hone their existing skills or learn new ones.
Department Manager, Picking & Consolidation, Logistics Department