DHL Supply Chain and Locus Robotics have announced the deployment of fully integrated LocusBots for medical device customers Cardinal Health and Terumo, in a first for the Asia-Pacific region. DHL is the largest customer of Locus Robotics worldwide. This expansion builds on the partnership that began in 2017 in North America.
The system is powered by LocusOne, the industry’s first data science-driven warehouse automation platform for enterprise-wide autonomous mobile robot (AMR) deployment, which brings value by providing insights that drive informed decision making.
“At DHL Supply Chain Australia we are leading the industry in automation research and development to create truly scalable, efficient and effective solutions for our customers,” said Steve Thompsett, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Australia & New Zealand. “It’s important for us to innovate and to consistently optimize our customers’ supply chains.”
“We’re glad to see DHL investing in automation and building capacity to be more efficient in the future,” said Jane Crowe, managing director, Cardinal Health. “Automation drives efficiency, improves employee safety and increases picking and packing accuracy.”
This automated solution is GAMP 5 (Good Automated Manufacturing Practice) validated and is certified for medical and pharmaceutical distribution. This solution is part of the largest investment in robotics and automation DHL has made in Asia-Pacific, with 1,000 robots to be deployed across several sectors by 2025.
Assisted picking robots help reduce time spent maneuvering pushcarts through warehouses, lower physical strain on employees and increase picking efficiency. They also display images of goods to be picked, calculate optimal navigation routes and reduce training time.