Robots in express industry make shopping online more convenient

Do you like shopping online? After you click the confirmation button, do you know how the goods are shipped out of the warehouse?

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The amount of global delivery achieve to 60,000,000,000 in 2016, online shopping generated express delivery volume accounted for nearly 60% of the total delivery business. Special festivals, such as “double 11” in China, and the Black Friday in the United States, express daily processing capacity is also much higher than usual.

In order to improve the efficiency of express delivery, warehouse robot is born to the moment. Compared to humans, warehouse robots have the following advantages:

1、It has a small size and can reduce 70% of labor;

2、They are accurate, efficient, the running speed is up to 3 m / s and carrying out 20,000 pieces per hour ;

3、it can work 24 hours continuously, improving the efficiency and reducing the logistics costs.

How it works?

The first step, when the robot received parcels, it will cut through gantry with the industrial cameras and electronic equipment.

The second step, with the help of reading function of the industrial camera and weighing of electronic scales, the robot’s “brain” will identify the information of courier, complete the scanning and weighing of the package.

The third step, each of the delivery port corresponds to a different destination, the package was sent down by the robot and waiting to be shipped to the next stop.

Future of robots in express delivery 

In the near future, express delivery will also achieve unmanned and the time between purchase and receipt will be shorter and shorter. Companies such as Google and Amazon have been trying to send goods with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

In 2014, Google Project Wing tries to build a system, in which the drone can delivery emergency medicines for patients.

Amazon made a plan called PrimeAir, trying to deliver the packages to customers within 30 minutes with UAV. It is mainly responsible for the delivery of small packages below 5 pounds.

Shunfeng is one of the largest express delivery companies in China. They have started to develop delivery drones from 2013. They designed a black box system Once the UAV crash in the delivery process, they can find it with the data in the system.

The UAV delivery system is complex and it has several issues to solve:

The first is the battery problem. Although the battery of commercial UAV is much better than toys, flying 45 minutes about 20 miles is the limit and it can only fly 10 km with the package. After that, it must come back and replace the battery. The efficiency is very slow.

The second is the automatic flight control. UAVs need to automatically avoid obstacles, especially obstacles that hard to detect, such as wires. Besides, the precise positioning is hard in the city. Due to the impact of buildings on GPS, the packages may be sent to your neighbors.

The last problem is the safety. UAVs may be deliberately attacked by people or hurt people.

Although there are lots of challenges, the express industry will be more efficient and intelligent with robots.