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World first: automated cold chain port warehouse

09 March 2022

GEEK+ AND 3PL Engero have deployed a fleet of Geek+ moving robots to create a smart, unmanned cold chain port warehouse in the port of Tianjin, China.

With the solutions, the warehouse has seen improvements of 35% in storage efficiency, 42% in handling efficiency, and to 99.99% in handling accuracy. Tianjin, the gateway to Beijing and a hub for China’s massive import and export businesses, is the first stop in China’s cold chain logistics network, and here, this cold chain warehouse provides low-temperature warehousing and other services in an area of over 30,000 square metres.

Geek+’s autonomous mobile robots and algorithm strategies are the twin engines driving the improvement and modernisation of cold chain warehouse. Due to the extreme conditions, manual operations are difficult and quickly become inefficient and even dangerous. Geek+’s AMRs can operate stably at low temperatures 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reducing the need for people to endure extreme, unpleasant working conditions.

Geek+’s AMRs can operate stably at low temperatures 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reducing the need for people to endure extreme, unpleasant working conditions.

Upon arrival in the port, goods requiring cold chain storage are carried by Geek+’s MP1000R moving robots to the depot area for customs inspection and disinfection, before entering the storage area for further processing and distribution.

Geek+ robots autonomously handle all aspects of warehouse operations. Within the warehouse, Geek+ robots interact and collaborate with intelligent devices to handle the whole logistics process including: automated pallet scheduling, automated cargo packaging, and distribution to the conveyor line for inspection.

AI algorithms optimise the robots’ routes with intelligent queuing strategies to avoid traffic jams in narrow passages and drive efficient cluster scheduling. 360° laser obstacle avoidance and omnidirectional sensing allows the MP1000Rs to navigate in narrow aisles, maximising storage space density and further ensuring worker safety. The robot’s self-rotating jack allows for great flexibility with minimal space occupied when moving pallets, meaning that warehouses can be upgraded with a minimum of fuss.

Geek+’s artificial intelligence is seamlessly integrated into the warehouse control system and oversees the operations of the whole fleet. The warehouse operates under the cloud warehouse management mode and all process data can be traced. This enables centralised inventory management, online billing, and real-time information flows, which greatly improve efficiency and makes it easy to keep tabs on the whole process.

Geek+ will continue to work together with Engero to extend this new industry benchmark to further cold chain logistics providers.

For more information, visit www.geekplus.com

 
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