Supply chains are dependent on automation and advances in robotics are making supply chains more and more efficient. Understanding how these technologies work and being able to tie that knowledge to an understanding of supply chain processes, leads to career opportunities for designing, implementing, and maintaining automated material handling systems. These jobs can involve a background in mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering. They also involve computer programming and process design.
- It's really amazing to watch how…drones, self-driving vehicles,…and robots are becoming more common.…The advances that we're seeing in automation technology…are having a huge impact on how we…move things in the supply chain.…And that's called material handling.…Right now we're in the middle of a transformation.…If you visit a factory or a distribution center,…you're going to see robots doing lots…of material handling jobs that used to be done by people.…
But automation is also creating new jobs…for the people involved in designing…and deploying those technologies.…A good way to break these opportunities down…is with the material handling equipment taxonomy…that was created by Dr. Michael Kay.…The five places that automation is taking hold…are in transport, positioning, unit load formation,…storage, and identification and control.…You can find a thorough explanation…of each of these categories in the…material handling equipment taxonomy website.…
So you need to understand how these technologies work…and you need to tie that knowledge…
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