DHL robotizes in its parcel sorting center

DHL Parcel and robot integrator AWL have developed a robot application that can pick and place parcels from a randomly mixed pallet onto the conveyor belt of a sorting installation. The innovation combines robot-controlled AI-Vision with gripping technology, enabling packages of various sizes and weights to be placed on the sorting belt. The robot can lift up to 31.5 kg and process 800 parcels per hour, automating work that humans previously did. The diversity of parcels and the high speed at which the robot can depalletize makes this solution unique.

DHL customers deliver shipments on pallets, among other things. The pallet, with for example, various orders from a webshop, is placed in a pallet station. The robot places the parcels on the sorting belt to be sorted to their destination. The tight labor market is forcing logistics to robotize. "The robot takes over heavier and repetitive tasks. Working with the robot makes it more challenging and more interesting for people simultaneously," says Roelof Hofman, COO at DHL Parcel Benelux. "With this successful first application in our sorting center in Rotterdam, we will also implement the robot in other sorting centers."

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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivaled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, automobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

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