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Spare parts distribution gets a boost in throughput and accuracy from robots

Locus RoboticsSpare parts distributors are increasingly investing in automation that eases labor requirements and improves picking efficiency and accuracy in order fulfillment. AMR-driven fulfillment solutions are strengthening partnerships between manufacturers, distributors, and customers by eliminating the rate of errors and providing lean processes of order fulfillment. Here are the key reasons manufacturers are turning to multi-bot robotic automation solutions:

1. They want faster, more accurate fulfillment without pausing operations for the install Manufacturers often look to install robotic automation into their existing parts distribution warehouse in a way that avoids disrupting operations or time-consuming infrastructure changes. This brownfield approach leverages flexible solutions to optimize throughput and productivity, resulting in faster integration of new technologies. Alternatively, a greenfield approach ensures the most optimized levels of order fulfilment, and a multi-bot solution is designed with to be up and running in new sites within just weeks to meet business objectives at every end.

2. They want to meet stringent customer service expectations Human error is par for the course in any manual order fulfillment process. Introducing autonomous mobile robots that direct humans eliminates the possibility for error by confirming each product with visual aids and a quick scan. It has been proven to improve the order accuracy rate of workers to nearly perfect levels.

3. They need to optimize the fulfillment of multiple order profiles Spare parts range drastically in size. A multi-bot solution can be outfitted with varying container sizes (including the ability to handle oversized CASE STUDY: Spare Parts Supplier parts) while also carrying small bags to contain the tiniest of parts.

4. They need to optimize the fulfillment of multiple order profiles Customers that need critical parts ASAP are willing to pay extra fees for expedited shipping. This doesn’t work if the distribution center is not capable of fulfilling orders within minutes of receiving them. Robotic automation removes most of the manual processes that delay order fulfillment by automatically deploying a robot to the pick location, alerting a nearby associate to perform the pick, and immediately traveling to the shipping station for packaging. This is so effective, the top 3PLs in the world are employing the multi-bot solution to fulfill orders for immediate shipping. Manufacturers that partner with 3PLs for their warehousing and distribution operations can lean on their expertise for implementing this technology. Reach the Locus team at or (844) 562-8700 today to review your plans for improving productivity. For more case studies, visit