Honeywell establishes robotics innovation hub for next-generation distribution centers
Honeywell Robotics will help shape the warehouse and distribution center of the future, particularly as companies look to automated solutions, software and robotics.
Honeywell, Charlotte, N.C., created Honeywell Robotics, an advanced technology center of excellence focused on innovating and developing artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, computer vision and advanced robotics for use across supply chains.
Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Honeywell Robotics will help shape the warehouse and distribution center of the future, particularly as companies look to automated solutions, software and robotics to deliver increased speed, accuracy and throughput in complex material handling environments.
"Honeywell has been at the forefront of warehouse automation technology for more than 25 years, helping customers improve productivity and efficiency," says Pieter Krynauw, president. "We are bringing together some of the brightest minds, partnerships and industry collaborations to create breakthrough technological advancements for customers of all sizes, helping meet the ever-changing demands of consumers."
The new center of excellence will be led by Joseph Lui, a robotics leader with expertise in digital data, autonomous technologies and the industrial Internet of Things.
"As AI, machine learning and computer vision become commonplace, Honeywell Robotics will create innovative, breakthrough technologies to help customers alleviate skilled labor shortages, reduce safety risks and eliminate inefficient tasks," says Lui. "The use of technology, including advanced warehouse execution systems, 3D storage and sortation solutions to improve capacity and efficiency and autonomous mobile robots is just the start of the digital transformation in warehouses."
Customers can also benefit from Honeywell's Momentum warehouse execution system, a configurable enterprise software platform that orchestrates equipment, labor and inventory for distribution centers.
Honeywell also is collaborating with AI researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center, Pittsburgh, to develop breakthrough robotics technologies for distribution centers. Through its Honeywell Ventures investment fund, the company maintains strategic investments in robotics companies to help automate complex tasks in dynamic environments.