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29.04.2024 'Lights out' vision for warehouse operations

Beumer Group is developing systems and services to support the transition to ‘lights out’ operation in its warehouse

“The expectation today is that virtually any size and quantity of an item can be delivered on demand,” says Gregor Baumeister, Director Warehousing & Distribution Logistic Systems, Beumer Group. “This trend is to continue, and automation underpins the transition to dark warehousing, supported by exciting developments in AI and data analytics. Beumer Group is already imagining what the world of warehousing and distribution will look like in ten years’ time, and developing the systems and services that will enable warehouse operators, logistics managers and third-party logistics (3PL) companies to achieve efficient omnichannel distribution from a single automated facility.”

By providing end-to-end automated handling solutions, including powerful diagnostic services, Beumer Group is committed to being ‘easy to do business with’, and acts as a single source supplier for the technology, software and lifecycle support that will facilitate the evolution of dark warehousing.

What will the 2035 Beumer fashion fulfilment center look from the inside? In the future, humans can concentrate on more purposeful and productive activities, trusting more in robots and automation in physically demanding environments like warehouses or fulfilment centres. The receiving dock is a hive of activity, where robots on legs or wheels whiz around and unload cartons from newly arrived sea containers. The robots put the cartons onto takeaway conveyors feeding a high speed Beumer receiving sorter. From here cartons are distributed to either robotic palletizers for reserve storage or directly forwarded to the GTP (goods-to-person) storage and picking system. Even the most complex handling tasks, previously reserved for humans in GTP applications, can now be safely and reliably executed by the Beumer robots, which work autonomously. This is possible in 2035 due to rapid evolutions in the processing power of digital analytics and the speed of cloud-based applications, coupled with advances in vision and AI technology as well as grippers.

(Top) Lights off, nobody is home - but the warehouse is in full swing

(Middle) Beumer Group is already imagining what the world of warehousing and distribution will look like in ten years’ time.

(Bottom) The BG Pouch System from Beumer Group offers levels of automation that support dark warehouse operations.

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