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OWR launches Europe’s first Robotics Demonstration Centre

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OW Robotics has launched Europe’s first Robotics Demonstration Centre for customers and businesses looking to transform their warehouse, logistics and manufacturing operations through automation.

Based at OWR’s Lincoln HQ, the centre allows UK businesses to replicate their processes within a sandbox environment, so they can get first-hand experience and insight into how a tailored automated robotics solution would impact their business. This gives business leaders a clearer understanding of how it will meet their requirements, the scalability of a robotics system and how it can reduce training, safety, recruitment and absence costs as well as improve picking rates and accuracy. All before making an investment.

The centre has a fully functioning goods-to-person robotics grid including pick stations and multiple rack combinations so that customers can see an estimation of what their solution will look like alongside a demonstration of OWR’s WMS and RCS systems which guide the robots. The second floor is home to an A-to-B robotics grid to demonstrate the flexibility and speed in which the robots operate.

Joe Daft, head of robotics at OWR, says it has seen a real upturn in interest in tailored automation and robotics solutions for logistic purposes, as businesses recognise the importance of being more agile and flexible to meet changing customer demands:

“There’s no doubt that the impact of Covid-19 on buying habits has tested the reliability and resolve of many businesses’ operations, questioning their speed and adaptability when demand spikes or shifts. This has only driven an already growing wave of businesses looking to automation and robotics.

“Gone are the days of the word ‘robotics’ meaning an investment of tens of millions of pounds in order to get a solution that is right for them. That said, it’s still a significant investment and for most business leaders, although exciting and game changing, it’s unfamiliar. That’s why this demonstration centre is so important. There are lots of different solutions out there in the market that can achieve a wide range of aspects for logistical operations. This can often leave businesses unclear on what is the best option for them.

“By visiting our Robotics Demonstration Centre, visitors can see our robots complete tasks that mimic their own processes in a simulated environment, which helps to bring clarity and understanding on how they can meet their demands and challenges – there’s no better way to get the right solution.”

Earlier this year OWR announced a partnership with leading Chinese robotics manufacturer, Hikrobot, to make robotic automation more accessible for businesses of all sizes in the UK.

Since the launch, Greg Downey, robotics business consultant at OWR says they have already had really positive feedback:

“So far visitors have found it to be an incredible experience especially the fact they can see one of their own entire workflows from start to finish, carried out by robots. They are also really impressed with the way we work with them before the demonstration day to understand their product make-up and general throughput figures, so we can offer as close to a real experience as possible. Once visitors have had this experience, they leave with a much clearer understanding of their automation journey and how a tailored OWR solution can bring real benefits to their business.”

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Dachser and Fraunhofer IML extended digital research partnership

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Dachser and Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML are extending their collaboration in the DACHSER Enterprise Lab for a further three years. Their partnership will continue to focus on research and development projects with practical application benefits for the Dachser network. These include digital technologies such as data science and artificial intelligence (AI), real-time locating systems (RTLS), 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, and adaptive warehouse systems.

“The first step in our joint research work in the DACHSER Enterprise Lab is to gain a detailed understanding of new technologies and their potential for logistics. Then we build on that to develop prototypes and concepts that add tangible value for Dachser and our customers, turning them into innovations,” explains Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development at Dachser, who will head the new IT & Development executive unit as of January 1, 2021. “So far, the work we’ve done together has proven that we can transform research results from the DACHSER Enterprise Lab into new processes and services throughout the entire logistics network,” Hohm says.

“We’re delighted that Dachser is continuing its collaboration with Fraunhofer IML. Our research results up to now and our new research contracts show just how important applied research is for logistics and supply chain management,” says Prof. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director of Fraunhofer IML. “We’re particularly proud that the lab teams have continued to work effectively despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, technical aids such as video conferences and collaboration tools have been a great help. But above all, it’s the extraordinary commitment and motivation of everyone working at the DACHSER Enterprise Lab that is key to successful research in challenging times,” ten Hompel says.

In the DACHSER Enterprise Lab, Dachser logistics experts and scientists from Fraunhofer IML work in mixed lab teams on various research and development assignments. The partnership between the logistics service provider and the research institute was launched in October 2017 and will now run until October 2023.

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TradeLens and Youredi partners to expand data connectivity services 

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Building on the TradeLens network connectivity Youredi has provided since 2018, 3PLs, shippers and cargo owners can now use their software integration services to connect quickly and flexibly to the TradeLens platform. Anyone who needs to receive data on container movements from the TradeLens platform can benefit from the Youredi Integration service, an offering that integrates seamlessly and easily with a wide variety of TMS, ERPs and other supply chain and logistics applications, whether on premise or cloud-based.

Permissioned data sharing across the maritime industry, improving the speed of data connectivity between different stakeholders, plus the need to digitalize and automate workflow processes has been a pain point for the industry for decades.

“Youredi wants to support BCOs, 3PLs, carriers, freight forwarders, ports and terminals, authorities, customs brokers, and any other stakeholders to connect with the TradeLens platform rapidly with a predictable cost, effort and time commitment. Connecting different stakeholders with the platform will create a more transparent container shipping industry in which all parties can collaborate and trust each other. In these times we all must contribute to make freight move more efficiently,” said Jaakko Elovaara, CEO of Youredi.

Youredi’s fully managed integration solutions have previously been used by various data contributors such as Patrick Terminals, MCP, the Port of Houston, Santos Brazil, Maersk L&S and tens of APM Terminal facilities to connect with TradeLens.

For clients who are looking to connect to TradeLens but have limited inhouse resources or knowhow, now have the option to leverage a provider already experienced with TradeLens integrations.

The Youredi solution takes care of the data translation, so you can always send and receive data in your preferred data standard or format. The solution can work both with structured (rich data) and unstructured (PDFs, scans, images) data. Whenever required Youredi can also provide data validation and data enrichment logic.

“For our integration with the Maersk & IBM TradeLens system, we chose Youredi. Our decision was based not only on the company’s extensive experience in TradeLens integrations but also on Youredi’s working culture that implies fast and smooth project delivery. As a result, after just two weeks of implementation and tests, we were able to send the messages in scope to the TradeLens system without a need to write a single line of code on our part. We are very satisfied and happy with our choice and, of course, can recommend Youredi as a reliable partner that can quickly connect your IT systems to the TradeLens platform or any other third party,” said Ricardo Abbruzzini, IT and Innovation Director, Santos Brazil.

“As the growth of the TradeLens ecosystem continues to accelerate, we will work closely with integration providers like Youredi to ensure an easy and flexible integration experience for both shippers and logistic suppliers. Youredi’s experience with TradeLens helps our participants quickly realize the full value of the platform.” Juan-Jose Ruiz, Head of Strategy and Business Development, TradeLens, IBM.

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Youredi announces a new data connectivity program for maritime industry

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Youredi has announced Youredi Rapids Beta Program and invite all organizations operating in the maritime industry and logistics in general to participate.

This program addresses key challenges of data connectivity and information sharing within the industry by developing a portfolio of standardized data integration solutions that enable the industry stakeholders to take a leap in data connectivity.

Jaakko Elovaara, CEO of Youredi, said: “We believe that global logistics is too inefficient. We pay too much for our goods, and the climate suffers. Everyone must have equal access to logistics services and transparent information. Youredi’s mission is to offer data integration as a utility, like electricity or an internet connection. Youredi Rapids is our answer to how to make it happen.”

Based on our experience, integration with trading partners, ensuring data validity, and aggregating data from different sources are the most common challenges for the industry. So we already developed a package of solutions addressing the following cases:

  • Data Aggregation
  • Data Quality
  • Extending the functionality of your main IT system (TMS, TOS, etc.)
  • Enhancing partner integration

Participating in the program, you will get a chance to utilize these solutions to address and solve your biggest integration pain points.

If you are facing challenges that are not listed above but are common for your domain, you can join the program as a development partner so you will be able not only address the pains you have but make your input helping us to develop the portfolio further and identify other cases that would resonate with the industry’s needs.

All Youredi Rapids solutions are based on our unique technology and provided as fully managed cloud-based integration services so you will be able to showcase the results to the industry and partners within a short time and with minimal investment.

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