Alibaba Manages Largest Smart Warehouse Opened in China with 60 Modern Robots
The 3,000 square meter warehouse is located in Huiyang, southern China’s province of Guangdong, and is owned by T-Mall, part of Alibaba, the world’s largest online retailer.
The automation-focused team started working in the warehouse in July. According to Quicktron, the manufacturer of the robots, this work has tripled the efficiency of the warehouse.
The robots got their name from Zhu Que and Vermilion Bird, a spirit creature in Chinese mythology.
After receiving instructions via Wi-Fi signals, the robots find the products and take them to designated delivery points for employees to pick up.
Each of the machines is prevented from colliding with each other with the help of laser detection equipment.
When fully charged, the robots can operate continuously for eight hours.
According to Quicktron, robots prevent workers from having to wander around the warehouse to find products.
Traditionally, an employee could classify 1,500 items by taking 27,924 steps in a 7.5-hour shift, while with the help of Zhu Que, the same worker could sort 3,000 items in the same amount of time, taking only 2,563 steps in that time.
A manager of Cainiao Logistics, which deals with some of Alibaba’s warehouses, can use this application; “Robots need to cooperate with each other and work independently simultaneously. These robots represent the highest level of warehouse robots in China,” he says.
According to Quicktron, 40 more of these robots will be recruited for the warehouse.