Unemployment is at a historic low. The physically demanding and repetitive activities are increasingly being avoided by employees. Even though unemployment rates would be higher, some storage locations are too far away from population centers to provide sufficient attractiveness to workers.
Similar to fully automatic machines, mobile robots can work around the clock. Although they have to be serviced and occasionally a robot needs to be taken offline for a repair, the robots do not suffer from stressful repetitive stress situations. not distracted by conversations and need no breaks.
Depending on factors such as the type of mobile robot, the type of operation and the operating hours, the robots pay off in a period of six to 24 months. Numerous studies as well as customer experiences prove that the resources used for the use of mobile robots have a positive influence on other areas of the company.
Mobile robots are relatively easy to add to or removed from a process. In conventional automation, all operation is stopped when a component of a conveyor system or an automatic storage and retrieval unit fails. Similarly, seasonal peaks are quickly and easily covered with additional robots. In addition, the robots offer the possibility of switching from autonomous to manual control.
Mobile robots can have a lock situation, e.g. a backwater on the set route, self dissolve, in which obstacles are bypassed. If a mobile robot gets stuck or fails, the rest of the system will continue to work and actively channel the individual robots around the problem area until the problem is resolved. Even if a dead zone is passed through or the connection is lost, the single robot continues to operate until the connection is reestablished, since it is both autonomous and actively secure to fulfill its current transport mission alone.