Cobots: Saks’ staff and collaborative robots work together in a warehouse

The Wall Street Journal published a very interesting article detailing how Saks’ staff and collaborative robots work together in a logistics warehouse.   The robots being used by Saks are known as cobots, because they collaborate with human workers.

 

 

 

Some characteristics of Saks’ collaborative robots – aka cobots – are that they:

  • Stand roughly 4 feet tall

  • Move about the warehouse on wheels

  • Are equipped with large computer screens

  • Are used to display images of items that workers need to gather for an order

  • Can rapidly cross-reference incoming orders with a map of product locations in the warehouse

  • Can quickly guide workers to the items – allowing  workers to pick up the items and route them to the appropriate delivery bay

For more information on Saks’ cobots, please click here.