Tag Archives: automation

Fully automated warehousing

Welcome to 2020!  This is a ‘classic’ operations video.  After the first minute, Witron go through how all stages of the warehousing process have been automated.

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The fourth largest cargo airport in the world is…?

Anchorage, Alaska – as this video explains. In 11 minutes it tells you everything you need to know about overnight package delivery.

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Security on construction sites – guards or cameras or both?

VPS manufacture technologies that keep property secure.  They have an interesting white paper that looks in depth at the advantages and disadvantages of protecting construction sites with security guards versus technological solutions. Some headlines from this include insight into how … Continue reading

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Two anecdotes and a press release

There is huge growth in internet shopping and consequently home delivery.  In the space of one hour I heard two anecdotes about this, and then read about Boxbot’s new home delivery system (see video).  I’ll let you decide just how … Continue reading

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Walking Plant System

This is so “on trend” I had to post a video of it, even though the Dutch have being using this system for a decade.  I tried to get one with an English commentary, but you’ll get the idea…

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Automated parking

In May last year I posted a video of a new car parking system in Leiden.  This is another way to park as many cars as possible in the smallest possible space. [You may want to turn the volume down…]

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Automated warehousing issues

This article from http://www.themanufacturer.com looks at the issues relating to warehouse automation.  One aspect that is emphasised is that such automation significantly decreases risk with regards matters of health and safety.  With goods stored up to 12 metres high, warehouses … Continue reading

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The sewbots are coming!

Having blogged about “fast fashion”, I thought you ought to see this video from the Wall Street Journal.  It is about automation in the fashion industry.  But it also examines in some detail the implications of this for labour economics … Continue reading

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Process design and service delivery

I am on a trip to Germany.  So I thought I would use this opportunity to blog about the operations I encounter and reflect on their process design and my perceptions of their effectiveness….

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Ocado’s automated distribution centre

Given the previous blog about Amazon, I thought you’d like to see this.  Compare it with how you load your shopping trolley….

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