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Ceva deploys robots at Melbourne super-site

Steve Rogerson
May 5, 2020



Ceva Logistics has deployed automated mobile robots (AMRs) at its Truganina super-site near Melbourne in Australia.  The robots have already achieved a 400% increase in the speed of operations within the 250,000m2 facility.
 
To provide a better service for one of its largest ecommerce clients in Australia, Ceva invested in the goods-to-person AMRs to improve throughput and picking rates. Using Geek+ robots from Chinese firm Geekplus Technologies and AI technologies applied to logistics, Ceva has found a standard method that could be scalable across its operations globally.
 
The AMR brings the shelf to the picker and the project took only three weeks to go live, including the installation of eight robots working across a trial 400m2 of warehouse space. Each robot can pick shelves up to 500kg and they are controlled by centralised control system. All staff pickers underwent two weeks of training during the implementation.
 
"With the scale of Ceva's operation at the super-site, we could immediately see this AMR was a very fast and efficient picking productivity and throughput option for us,” said Milton Pimenta, Ceva Logistics' managing director in Australia and New Zealand. “AMR is the future for ecommerce operations, and we are excited to stay ahead of the competition in offering this."
 
Ceva worked on a co-investment basis with Cohesio Group, part of the Körber international technology group, an integrator and developer of technology for rapid optimisation of workflows and processes, during the pilot phase and the companies worked together to create and then deliver a scalable customer centric system. They will now continue the relationship to deliver AMRs to other warehouses across the Ceva global network.
 
Swiss firm Ceva Logistics is an asset-light third-party logistics company. Its integrated network in freight management and contract logistics spans more than 160 countries. It has around 78,000 employees.