Honeywell Opens Robotics Innovation Hub For Next Gen Distribution
October 29, 2019
Robotics is an advanced technology center of excellence focused on
innovating and developing artificial intelligence, machine learning,
computer vision and advanced robotics for use across supply chains.
Based in Pittsburgh, Honeywell Robotics will help shape the warehouse
and distribution center of the future, particularly as companies look to
automated solutions, software and robotics to deliver increased speed,
accuracy and throughput in complex material handling environments.
"Honeywell has been at the forefront of warehouse automation technology
for more than 25 years helping customers improve productivity and
efficiency," said Pieter Krynauw, president of Honeywell Intelligrated.
"We are bringing together some of the brightest minds, partnerships and
industry collaborations to create breakthrough technological
advancements for customers of all sizes, helping meet the ever-changing
demands of consumers."
Consumer expectations have caused a seismic shift in supply chain
operations. According to eMarketer, online shopping currently accounts
for nearly 15% of total retail sales and is expected to grow to 22% by
2023, representing over $6.5 trillion in sales.
Online purchasing, combined with same- or next-day delivery options, has
stressed the labor market to the point of a shortage. Nearly 80% of
distribution center operations are still performed manually, according
to DHL's Robotics in Logistics Study. With industry growth outpacing the
labor pool by a rate of 6 to 1, this growth is creating significant
opportunities to automate supply chains.
The new center of excellence will be led by Joseph Lui, a robotics
leader with expertise in digital data, autonomous technologies and the
industrial Internet of Things. He previously served as Director of
Industrial IoT and Automation Technologies, Robotics for Amazon.
"As AI, machine learning and computer vision become commonplace,
Honeywell Robotics will create innovative, breakthrough technologies to
help customers alleviate skilled labor shortages, reduce safety risks
and eliminate inefficient tasks," said Lui. "The use of technology –
including advanced warehouse execution systems, 3D storage and sortation
solutions to improve capacity and efficiency, and autonomous mobile
robots – is just the start of the digital transformation in warehouses."
Customers can also benefit from Honeywell's Momentum™ warehouse
execution system, a configurable enterprise software platform that
orchestrates equipment, labor and inventory for distribution centers.
Momentum can help streamline the deployment and integration of advanced
robotics by providing warehouse managers with a single, centralized
system to manage their operations and automation technology.
establishment of the robotics center of excellence is the continuation
of Honeywell's technology transformation, putting significant investment
in partnerships with software vendors, universities, startups and
incubators to create new solutions for industrial customers with both
simple and complex needs.
Honeywell also is collaborating with AI researchers at Carnegie Mellon
University's National Robotics Engineering Center to develop
breakthrough robotics technologies for distribution centers. The
company, through its Honeywell Ventures investment fund, has strategic
investments in robotics companies, including Soft Robotics and
Attabotics, to help automate complex tasks in dynamic environments to
maximize productivity and labor efficiency.
Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) provides products,
software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace
safety and asset performance for our customers across the globe. We
deliver on this promise through industry-leading mobile devices,
software, cloud technology and automation solutions, the broadest range
of personal protective equipment and gas detection technology, and
custom-engineered sensors, switches and controls.