One of the most prominent technologies in this digital era is automated eCommerce. It is a sufficient force that enables entrepreneurs to save time, money, efforts, and resources. In due course, it provides an exceptional opportunity for online businesses to scale exponentially.
Today, in the lock-down period due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, consumers expect swift, frictionless product transactions with visibility and accessibility at each step in the eCommerce supply chain.
How Automation can manage the current Demand-driven Marketplace
In this demand-driven marketplace, due to lock-down and moving ahead, the objective of the manufacturers is to hygienically and economically manufacture their products. This scenario needs reconfigurable, advanced machinery that can mix and match several product flows. And one solution for this comes in the form of supple automation solutions by Shubham Automation.
However, technology suppliers are taking the notion of flexible manufacturing a stage further by integrating independent applications, such as robotics, vision techniques, printing, and labelling with automated machine controls. They are also enabling processes, like automated weighing as well as automated printing & applying, along with tracking products using automation-based solutions.
Also, with the development of innovative automated technologies, eCommerce companies can get equipped to figure out nearly 100% of errors. In the interim, Quality Assurance (QA) Solutions work meticulously, which means the automation abilities to catch the errors and act on it are quick to process.
Integrating the Automation Portfolio in the eCommerce Ready Factory
Robots are a significant component in the eCommerce ready factory. The manufacturing sites are focusing more on automation and digitization, from suppliers to customers facilitating a response to omnichannel retail.
As an integral element of that effort, Shubham Automation has mechanized the subsequent steps of its automated processes by the Pick & Scan mechanism with its advanced Robo device. This technology comes with a one-stop solution for all sizes and categories of package scanning for consumer packaging products.
Further, on facilitating eCommerce expectations through Automation, Biren Patel, Shubham Automation’s Director – Sales & Marketing says that “As we move forward to enable eCommerce domains, we have altered the way we look at manufacturing automation and robotics.” He adds that “At Shubham, they are focusing on doing more integration and customizations like setting-up multiple diverse products in a single set-up, enabling advanced Robotics and hence they are putting efforts to boost the amount of automation and build agility right from when the order is being placed to when it is actually shipped in the eCommerce supply chain.”
As we discussed above, Shubham announced the launch of its innovative Robo device, which is known as Robo Scan, resulting in the integration of robotics and automation into one system. This scenario means there is no requirement for an added control cabinet for the robot, and that programming robotics and machine control is blended into one single developed system.
The Significance of Automated Labelling
An eCommerce package can pass through 15 to 20 diverse touch points in the supply chain ahead of reaching its destination. Tracking the individual packages to make sure the product is delivered all in one piece is a vital part of the eCommerce journey.
So, when an industrial product comes off the manufacturing line, it needs information on its origin and expiration dates. From here, many layers of information are being added to the packaged product. Every movement needs yet another labelling step. So there is a requirement of automating processes, which includes labelling at different places, whether it is enabled directly on the manufacturing floor or into the warehouse.
The Implication of Automated Sorting and Printing
Sorting and printing is an integral part of the supply chain infrastructure. Any product that moves in, around and out of the infrastructure has to be well sorted and have a label on it with a barcode or RFID tag. So, you can keep track of these products where they are going to assure the set requirements.
During production, barcode label systems recognize and track products as they move throughout an assembly line. And in the warehouse, these systems are utilized to mark racks, bins, shelves, and to categorize finished products.
This degree of flexibility and mechanism can be carried throughout the application areas right on the production line, such as automated printing, applying and labelling.
So, manufacturers are turning to technology providers to add flexibility for their production, packaging, and supply chain procedures. Primary product and packaging transformations will be seen in market segments like Food, FMCG, and Pharmaceuticals. These sectors are directly driven by the consumer’s needs of higher quality, convenience, hygiene, and sanitation, especially now due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
The flexibility within the manufacturing and supply chain processes will get integrated flowing through automated weighing, packaging, labelling, and printing on goods, where enablement of essential eCommerce operations comes into the picture.