Hellenic Post (ELTA), the official government provider of postal services in Greece, has deployed a robotic parcel sortation system at its sorting centre in Athens.
Some of the technologies introduced at the site include robots, chutes and induction stations, with a total of 120 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) also being implemented.
This increases the sorting capacity of the site to almost 125,000 parcels of up 10kg in weight a day, ELTA has said.
A single five-minute charge offers four hours of performance, according to the bots’ developer LiBiao Robotics. The robotics company said this minimal charging requirement can help reduce on-site power consumption and energy costs.
Evi Arguriadou, ELTA’s head of sorting operations, said: “Since the introduction of robotic technology, our Athens facility has come to be regarded as a centre of excellence within our industry.
“We regularly host visits from executives from other parcel delivery service companies across Europe who are interested in the technology we have deployed. We are happy and proud to do so.”
Previously, the parcel sorting process was carried out manually, with the newly-introduced robots intended to save considerable time across the sorting workflow.
The robots have enabled the hub to provide next-day delivery services, with longer or late deliveries representing an additional cost for the company before the technology was introduced.
These problems were compounded by the manual nature of the previous sorting process, which led to a higher error rate, according to ELTA.