Giant distribution centers run by the likes of Walmart and Amazon get lots of attention because they are massive. Amazon, for example, has 175 fulfillment centers covering 150 million square feet and employing 125,000 full time hourly workers. However, these numbers pale compared to the total number of warehouses, manufacturing plants, e-commerce stations, cold storage units and similar centers that exist in literally every city in every country around the globe.
There are millions of distribution points employing millions of workers, and productivity is key in making them central to a profitable company.
Robots are playing an increasingly critical role in driving logistics productivity. Robots don’t draw a salary, take vacations, sick days or coffee break, don’t ask for raises and don’t have accidents. Robots are perfect for repetitive tasks, which in a distribution center means moving pallets, boxes, cartons, etc.
Blacki has the perfect product to make robots even more productive — a mobile arm that can lift up to 45 kg, meaning most typical items in a warehouse. Other arms generally lift about 5 kg.
We are discussing projects with clients and a number of potential partners who are interested in our arm. One company is interested in attaching our arm to autonomous guided vehicles provided by us or a partner to move cartons weighing 40 to 60 pounds from multiple refrigerated warehouses, which are slippery and lead to accidents. An autonomous vehicle company serving manufacturing clients in the European aerospace industry is discussing attaching our arm to their vehicles to pick up and transport sub assemblies in the 50 to 100 pound range. We’ve initiated talks with large autonomous vehicle, forklift and similar companies that have indicated an interest in using our arm. There are more than 500,000 autonomous mobile robots being used in warehouse facilities, and a large percentage need an arm to extend their capabilities. We have the best arm in the business.