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Bruce Welty talks to Colliers about Locus Robotics’ innovative approach to eCommerce fulfillment and the fast-growing 3PL and technology community developing in Boston and across the Northeast U.S.
“By definition, if you improve workers’ productivity, you’re affecting the labor base,” says Bruce Welty, chairman of Locus Robotics, a Wilmington startup that builds robots to transport items in warehouses. “We could get to full employment if we just got rid of all the bulldozers and backhoes, but I’m not sure we want to do… Read more »
“We decided that with our robot solution you’d make it so you didn’t have to disrupt anything at all,” Locus founder and chairman Bruce Welty says. “All you have to do is put this little sticker—we call it a locus point—basically a barcode you want anywhere you want the robot to be able to navigate.”
“Because of changes in the supply chain due to e-commerce and the need to ship massive amounts of single items in large quantities, we expect labor shortages to continue, and there is a huge demand for robots,” said Bruce Welty, chairman of Quiet Logistics Inc. and Locus Robotics Corp.
Bruce Welty, chairman of Quiet Logistics, wants to change how retailers and DCs cope with the chaos of the holiday buying season. For an LSP servicing fashion and apparel brands, Bruce envisions a more flexible and affordable type of robot.
The rise of robotics is one of the fastest-growing trends in logistics, but how exactly will all these new bots fit into the typical DC? Read more about the rise of robotics in the latest DC Velocity article that features Bruce Welty, Chairman and Founder of Locus Robotics.
Welty has seen a tremendous increase in productivity: The company is five times more productive than when it didn’t use robots. He expects a payback on the investment in 18 months. “In the world of warehousing, any investment that has a payback in fewer than three years is considered a big win,” he said.
Bruce Welty never wanted to build robots; Amazon.com made him do it. Starting in the 1970s, Welty, 60, specialized in software for managing warehouses. In 2009, he shifted gears and founded Quiet Logistics, a company that used robots from Kiva Systems of North Reading to dramatically reduce warehouse operating costs. But three years later, retailing… Read more »
“Locus is unique in that it works with and complements existing warehouse infrastructure. This dramatically reduces the overall investment required to deploy our solution.”
The Locus bot tells a worker exactly where an item is, and all they have to do is give it to them. It then knows to bring it back to another area for packaging. The best part is that they are able to see and avoid people and other objects in their way.
Robots are taking over stores and warehouses. They’ll greet you at the hardware store, and help you find a nail. Or they’ll grab your goods off the shelf at a distribution center and perhaps put it on a drone to your door.
Locus Robotics as a next-generation alternative to Kiva’s now rapidly obsolescing and hard-to-maintain solution.
Locus’ robot is designed to work collaboratively with humans to fill orders in a warehouse. Humans workers are assigned to patrol warehouse zones, and when they see a robot waiting, the worker reads the item that it needs off the screen, picks it, and moves on.
Special thanks to Modern Materials Handling for providing us with a sharable snippet. This 8-pager grants a look into their May 2016 issue which was the third in a series of three System Reports that look at the emergence of robotics in warehousing and distribution.
“Warehouses are very high tech places,” said Bruce Welty, co-founder and chairman of Locus Robotics, a firm that’s developed bots to work alongside, rather than replace, human workers. “Because the only way you can take costs out is automation.”
“Industries centered on repetitive tasks are already being transformed.” This clip offers a peek into a warehouse using Locus robots. Locus founder Bruce Welty talks about how the robots work side by side with workers and explores the questions that arise in an era of such technological progress.
Locus Robotics also offer mobile robots for the warehouse. Watch the Locus bot in action here.
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Locus Robotics offers mobile autonomous robots that can go anywhere in the warehouse. “The collaboration between robot and worker dramatically improves efficiency. The associate completes the pick faster and is thereby able to complete more pick requests. With our robots, workers are able to pick faster and more productively than with traditional manual picking.”