Norwegian robotics firm launches supply chain simulation hub

Norwegian robotics company AutoStore is launching an innovation hub for testing and simulating diverse supply chain environments including earthquakes and multi-climate scenarios.

The center based in Karmøy, Norway, is designed to test and replicate diverse in-store and warehouse environments.

Autostore supplies robotic storage and fulfilment technology for global brands including Puma, Gucci and Asda.

The company said its new testing facility that can allow for faster fitting of automated systems for its clients in order to keep up with demand.

The facility, which took 7 months to build, is fitted with a combination of robotic technology and infrastructure for supply chain and retail facilities.

Its environment can also be adjusted to allow the robots to be tested in both hot and cold conditions, analysing how the oxygen level changes when goods are stacked within storage systems.

The Hub also simulates earthquakes to see how warehouse and store technology would respond to potentially harmful situations, as well as a number of other functions.

AutoStore chief executive Karl Johan Lier said: “We identified the need to test solutions under a number of different situations, but we could not set up a test center for cold environments, one for heat, and at the same time one for a modern store solution, one for medical storage and so on.

“Therefore, we set up a center where we could simulate different situations and different needs. This agile approach offers our clients competitive market advantage, and places them at the heart of new innovations within the sector that can propel them forwards.”

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