The manufacturing industry has seen an increase in automated robot technology. According to a recent report by Interact Analysis, the value of
the mobile robot market will rise to $7 billion by 2022.
;e technology giant Amazon is one of the larger multinational businesses to have invested heavily in robots. Amazon’s robotic roll-out started in 2012, and it has spent $775
million on Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) to carry
products across its facilities. ;e robots are equipped with
sensors for navigation and to avoid risks of collision.
;is has resulted in an upli; in productivity, and Amazon today continues to install robots in its warehouses. It
currently has more than 200,000 AMRs working alongside
human workers. Customers are demanding quicker turnarounds—especially if they’ve paid more money for faster
delivery—and automation is a cheaper, safer and more effective way for Amazon to ful;ll these demands.
AMRs can certainly increase e;ciency in warehouse en-
vironments. But, perhaps more importantly, there are addi-
tional levels of safety that robots can bring for workers. ;e
fact remains that, in the U.S., the rate of fatal injuries among
warehouse workers is higher than the national average for
all other industries.
Risks may account for there being a higher shortage of
skilled forkli; drivers than ever before. Companies require
workers to have more technical and analytical skills to operate
the vehicle, but ;nding job-ready new recruits has proven to
be an issue for manufacturers. ;is makes training essential.
By Jonathan Wilkins
OSHA estimates that forkli; accidents result in at least 100 workers deaths and 95,000 injured every year. By replacing forkli;s in
manufacturing, new automation technology can signi;cantly reduce warehouse risks to keep these workers safe and productive.