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IAM Robotics puts a unique spin on warehouse automation


Bossa Nova warehouse where we spent the previous day.n

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There are a couple of small rows of groceries in a corner of the office space, a few feet away from where the rest of IAMu2019s staff is at work. A pair of the companyu2019s Swift robots go to work, traveling up and down the small, makeshift aisle. When the robot locates the desired product on a shelf, a long, multi-segmented arm drops down, positioning itself in front of a box. The suction cup tip attaches to the product, then the arm swivels back around to release it into a bin.n

Used correctly, the Swift could help companies staff difficult-to-fill positions, while adding a layer of efficiency in the warehouse. u201cOur customers or prospective customers are looking to automate to both reduce costs, but also to alleviate this manual labor shortage,u201d says Reed. u201cSo we have a younger generation that’s just more interested in doing jobs like gig economy jobs, drive for Uber, Lyft, those kinds of things, because they can make more money than they could in working at a warehouse.u201dn”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

Before robots get to do the fun stuff, theyu2019re going to be tasked with all of the things humans donu2019t want to do. Itu2019s a driving tenet of automation — developing robotics and AI designed to replace dull, dirty and dangerous tasks. Itu2019s no surprise, then, that warehouses and fulfillment centers have been major drivers […]n”,”protected”:false,”author”:699688,”featured_media”:1811683,”comment_status”:”open”,”ping_status”:”closed”,”sticky”:false,”template”:””,”format”:”standard”,”meta”:”outcome”:””,”status”:””,”crunchbase_tag”:0,”amp_status”:””,”relegenceEntities”:[],”relegenceSubjects”:[],”jetpack_publicize_message”:”IAM Robotics puts a unique spin on warehouse automation https://tcrn.ch/2Ge3f23 by @bheater”,”categories”:[449546991],”tags”:[576652601],”crunchbase_tag”:[],”tc_stories_tax”:[],”tc_event”:[],”jetpack_featured_media_url”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Screen-Shot-2019-04-11-at-7.20.53-PM.png”,”jetpack_publicize_connections”:[],”shortlink”:”https://tcrn.ch/2Ge3f23″,”rapidData”:”pt”:””,”pct”:””,”featured”:false,”subtitle”:””,”fundingRound”:false,”seoTitle”:””,”seoDescription”:””,”premiumContent”:false,”premiumCutoffPercent”:1,”tc_cb_mapping”:[],”associatedEvent”:null,”event”:null,”authors”:[699688],”hideFeaturedImage”:false,”relatedArticles”:[],”_links”:”self”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1811682″],”collection”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts”],”about”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/types/post”],”version-history”:[“count”:4,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1811682/revisions”],”predecessor-version”:[“id”:1812205,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1811682/revisions/1812205″],”authors”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/tc/v1/users/699688″],”replies”:[“embeddable”:true,”count”:0,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments?post=1811682&order=asc&tc_hierarchical=flat”],”https://techcrunch.com/edit”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1811682&action=edit”],”author”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/tc/v1/users/699688″],”wp:featuredmedia”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/media/1811683″],”wp:attachment”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/media?parent=1811682″],”wp:term”:[“taxonomy”:”category”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/categories?post=1811682″,”taxonomy”:”post_tag”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tags?post=1811682″,”taxonomy”:”_tc_cb_tag_taxonomy”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/crunchbase_tag?post=1811682″,”taxonomy”:”tc_stories_tax”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tc_stories_tax?post=1811682″,”taxonomy”:”tc_event”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tc_event?post=1811682″],”curies”:[“name”:”wp”,”href”:”https://api.w.org/rel”,”templated”:true],”_embedded”:{“authors”:[“id”:699688,”name”:”Brian Heater”,”url”:””,”description”:””,”link”:”https://techcrunch.com/author/brian-heater/”,”slug”:”brian-heater”,”avatar_urls”:”24″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/69b6dc548d05dedd0132f12e075bf7de?s=24&d=identicon&r=g”,”48″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/69b6dc548d05dedd0132f12e075bf7de?s=48&d=identicon&r=g”,”96″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/69b6dc548d05dedd0132f12e075bf7de?s=96&d=identicon&r=g”,”links”:”twitter”:”https://twitter.com/bheater”,”linkedin”:”http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-heater/1/a92/94″,”crunchbase”:”https://www.crunchbase.com/person/brian-heater”,”position”:”Hardware Editor”,”cbDescription”:”

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