The Wall Street Journal: Amazon Levels Up Automated Operations with Cloostermans
Amazon has purchased Belgium-based warehouse robotics company, Cloostermans, as it continues to expand robotic integration at its warehouses. The two companies have been in close partnership in e-commerce operations since 2019. Cloostermans was founded in 1884 as a manufacturer of machinery for textile manufacturers and has been refashioned as a specialist in engineering and automation.
Cloostermans helps design Amazon’s current warehouse technology for moving and stacking heavy pallets and totes. In the next stage, Amazon is looking forward to letting robots operate alongside warehouse employees to enhance safety measures and reduce packaging waste.
With the new acquisition, Amazon’s robotics capabilities coupled with Cloostermans mechatronics robotic solutions will be leveraged to carry out heavy-duty tasks such as stacking and moving heavy objects, as well as to improve worker safety and reduce packaging waste. This is in tandem with Amazon’s launch of its first autonomous warehouse robot, Proteus, as it continues to ramp up robotics integration in its warehouse operations.
“Amazon’s investments in robotics and technology are supporting how we build a better and safer workplace for our employees and deliver for our customers,” remarked Ian Simpson, vice president of global robotics at Amazon.
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