This year’s 17th annual LogiMAT attracted over 60,000 industry professionals from around the world. A total of 1,624 companies from 42 countries gathered across 120,000 square meters of exhibit space in Messe Stuttgart convention center’s 10 halls. The Boston logistics and robotics community was well represented at LogiMAT 2019 with RightHand Robotics, IDC and 6 River Systems introducing new warehouse automation technologies to Europe for the first time.
John Santagate, Research Director, Commercial Service Robotics at IDC, caught up with Leif Jentoft, Co-Founder at RightHand Robotics and Jerome Dubois, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at 6 River Systems (6RS) to discuss new picking systems and their advantages over traditional automation. Leif pointed out the growth in picking systems is driven by labor challenges such as 300% annual turnover and 20-30% absenteeism. One of the benefits of flexible automation powered by collaborative robots makes picking easier and opens up the available labor pool to allow different types of people with different skill sets into the job.