[Photo by Hyundai Glovis Co.]
Hyundai Glovis Co., a logistics unit under South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, has deployed industrial robots at its automotive knockdown kits logistics centers to help reduce packaging time and injuries.
The company said Monday that it began robotic assistance for packing knockdown kits at its Asan logistics center, south of Seoul and making cardboard box at its Ulsan enter on southeast coast of Korea.
A packing robot is designed to automatically sort out knockdown kits manufactured by different automotive parts producers then gather and pack together the kits with the same destination for freight. A cardboard box making robot folds up a cardboard into a box and tapes the box automatically.
The company expects the packing robot would cut the time for packing knockdown kits by up to 5 minutes per box compared to a manual process, saving nearly 5,600 working hours annually. A cardboard box robot can save total 3,400 hours.
The robots also can lower the risks of workplace injuries from lifting heavy objects and allow skilled human labor to handle more sophisticated tasks, said a Hyundai Glovis official.
The company plans to accelerate automation by incorporating artificial intelligence and big data analysis technology to improve its operational efficiency. Since July this year, its research and development center has devoted effort to upgrading logistics system and exploring future growth engines.
By Yong Hwan-jin and Cho Jeehyun
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