The world's first humanless warehouse is run only by robots and is a model for the future
Mujin, a start-up spun out of Tokyo University, has developed industrial robots that can fully automate warehouses and fulfillment centers. After doing this for JD.com in China, it plans to enter the U.S. marketplace.
At a recent technology show in Tokyo, a large robot arm reached into a full-sized mockup of a shipping container and began unloading boxes from it. Set on a platform that moved back and forth, the robot was doing a job usually carried out by warehouse workers and forklift operators. The goal of the company that’s developing it, Mujin, is total automation.
The system, still a prototype, doesn’t work perfectly — it accidentally damaged a box during the demo — but it’s going to be trialed in warehouses in Japan this year.