Lincoln firm develops robotic technology

A Lincoln software firm is preparing to launch new robotics technology after two million pounds of initial investment.

The specialist software provider Orderwise will showcase its latest development in robotic technology at the SME live expo in Birmingham this week.

David Hallam, managing director at Orderwise said: “We’re always looking to the future here at Orderwise and after a long time researching product to picker robotic warehouse automation, we’re now developing our own robotics solution here at our head offices in Lincoln. ”

The firm cited warehouse labour shortages and the need to lower costs as reasons for developing the technology which it plans to launch in 2019.

“It’s no secret that warehouse labour shortages are becoming increasingly common for many businesses. Companies are competing to increase sales and drive growth, while trying to avoid the costs of hiring more staff – and ultimately that’s where product to picker robotic warehouse automation comes in,” said David.

A full scale demo warehouse was used to test the robotics technology.

According to research, 70% of staff time is spent travelling around warehouses to gather stock for orders.

David said: “The reason we are investing in our new robotic technology is to help businesses bridge the gap between online and offline trading.

“One of the key benefits of warehouse robots is the significant productivity rate that can be achieved, which in turn can improve efficiency and aid faster fulfilment.”

The expo will take place October 16 to 17 at the Birmingham NEC where visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the company’s developing automation software.