|07 August, 2019

Swisslog to participate in 2019 edition of Materials Handling Middle East

Leader in robotics, data-driven automated solutions will introduce latest solutions for warehouses in the Middle East

Alain Kaddoum, General Manager, Swisslog Middle East.

Alain Kaddoum, General Manager, Swisslog Middle East.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Swisslog, a global leader in robotic, data-driven and flexible automated solutions today announced its participation in Materials Handling Middle East (MHME), the region’s dedicated trade show for warehousing, intralogistics and supply chain solutions from September 3 – 5, 2019. At MHME, Swisslog will introduce highly efficient robotised storage and order processing solutions for small parts and pallets that integrate into existing buildings.

Speaking on the occasion, Alain Kaddoum, General Manager, Swisslog Middle East  said “Several businesses in the UAE and globally have benefitted immensely from logistics automation and, particularly in the Middle East, we are seeing increasing demand for automated logistics solutions in industries ranging from e-commerce and retail, to F&B and pharma. While automated picking and packing has been around for a while, the next wave of change is being brought about by robotics. A warehouse that deploys robots reduces costs significantly while boosting efficiency.”

Solutions being introduced include CarryPick, a flexible and modular AGV-based storage and order picking system designed for multi-channel intralogistics that can fulfil up to 20 orders simultaneously. The system adapts to changing customer demands, so businesses have the option of starting small and then expanding flexibly in line with growing volumes by adding more vehicles.

Swisslog will also give some insights for AutoStore, a highly efficient robotized storage and order processing solution for small parts that integrates easily into existing buildings. AutoStore uses robots and bins to quickly process small parts orders and provides better use of available space than any other automated system available today. Each robot is extremely energy efficient, using just 0.1 kW of energy per hour – six robots use the same energy as a toaster.

Visitors of the expo will also be able to learn more about the diverse flexible and cost-effective pallet technology solutions for businesses. Some of the brand‘s solutions include the high bay warehouse based on Vectura pallet stacker cranes as well as the dynamic PowerStore pallet shuttle system. Depending on the storage density and throughput requirements of a warehouse, it can handle one, two or more loads in single, double, triple and multi-deep layouts. In high buildings and where land space is limited, Vectura cranes operate at heights up to 50 meters. Vectura is also capable of handling large and unusual loads from car bodies to boats. Vectura brings together the best engineering and pallet stacking knowhow in the industry.

On top of robotics, Kaddoum forecasts that digital transformation will majorly disrupt industry streams such as inventory management, cargo loading, order picking, and real-time monitoring of stocks.

“Technology is and will continue to be a truly disruptive force in how the modern supply chain is shaped, defined, and explored. From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter and simpler supply chain management,” Kaddoum added. “In the future, companies will leverage new and innovative technologies to create a self-orchestrated supply chain and previously unimaginable efficiencies.”

Automation is now a key driver for the full spectrum of industries, including ecommerce. The UAE’s e-commerce sector alone is currently worth US$17.8 billion, representing 45.6% of the total value of the Middle East’s e-commerce market, according to a recent Fitch Solutions report.

Swisslog Middle East LLC 

Headquartered in Switzerland and present with a local office in Dubai, Swisslog is a subsidiary of the German robots manufacturer KUKA and is organised in two divisions: Logistics Automation and Healthcare.

Swisslog Logistics Automation is shaping the future of logistics automation and transforming warehouses and distribution centres to achieve maximum efficiency, flexibility and agility. Our Industry 4.0 and robotics innovation means our automation solutions are always future-ready. By understanding and analysing your data, we optimise the performance of your operation. Our complete solutions include consulting, concept studies, project implementation, customer service, best-in-class technologies and software, all tailored to the specific requirements of your business. Our portfolio consists of different key technologies, such as conveyor systems, ASRS, AGVs, shuttle systems, monorails, robotics and warehouse management software. Together with KUKA, Swisslog establishes an Automation Powerhouse and drives the automation in logistics.

Customers relying on Swisslog's experience include Central Bank of Kuwait, Almarai, Mai Dubai, Axiom Telecom, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Roche, Target, Fossil, ASDA and Wal-Mart. Swisslog has a comprehensive portfolio, ranging from the design of materials handling systems, through system integration, to comprehensive customer service. Swisslog has expertise based on over 2000 projects in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.swisslog.com 

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