Third-party logistics provider Ceva Logistics will be increasing the degree of automation at two of its warehouses in Venray, Netherlands.
The deployment will see 57 robots introduced at the sites, with Ceva hoping to increase both the warehouses’ capacity and their flexibility during busier periods.
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These robots represent part of the automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), named the Skypod System, from French robotics company and IntraLogisteX exhibitor Exotec.
To complete order picking, the floor-traveling robots climb up to 12 metres through the racking system, which can be scaled to add or remove robots, pick stations or totes, according to its developer.
Bart Beeks, global head of contract logistics at Ceva Logistics, said: “At CEVA, our culture pushes us to search for innovative solutions to better serve our customers, and the Skypod solution offers significant value in warehouse automation.
“As a result of our strong commitment to responsive logistics, our customers have come to expect a high level of service, efficiency and agility in our operations. Implementing Exotec’s solution, among others, enables us to continue creating value alongside our customers.”
The company has claimed its Venray and Roosendaal sites both produce more energy than they consume, and that deployment of this energy-efficient system will help contribute to its broader sustainability targets.
One of Ceva Logistics’ key climate goals is to support the logistics industry’s clean energy transition in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
What’s more, Exotec hopes to use feedback from this deployment, and others with external logistics providers, to improve its product offering.