Standard conveyors have been a staple in warehouses and distribution centers for years. Often, new facilities default to conveyor solutions because of their reliability. Let’s face it, conveyor systems are not going away anytime soon. They serve a purpose and are designed to deliver. However, alternatives to standard conveyor solutions exist today that make more sense for a wider variety of applications.
Many companies have adopted various autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solutions, but most have not leveraged this level of automation for managing on-demand workers. AMRs possess a real value and could save e-commerce fulfillment centers thousands of labor hours a year.
Advances in technology have paved the way for collaborative AMRs that can travel long distances and haul a variety of materials while working safely with and around people. AMRs are an option for warehouse operators with floor plans designed for the efficiency of a conveyor system but without space or the budget to install fixed conveyors.
- A fresh perspective on conveyor systems and how to determine when it is better to use standard conveyors versus AMRs.
- How AMRs provide flexibility to better prepare you for the unknown future.
SVP of Commercialization
Rich Flati is the SVP of Commercialization at IAM Robotics, overseeing the sales and application engineering teams. Alongside our team of experts, Rich performs opportunity assessments for clients, providing solution designs and delivering innovative decision support. He knows how tedious manual processes can be, that’s why Rich focuses on warehouse solutions that marry the old and the new, where man complements machine.
Prior to joining IAM Robotics, Rich was the SVP Customer Success at Jabmo, an account-based marketing company; as well as the VP of Sales, Pre-sales and Customer Success at Zilliant, a data-driven pricing solution for B2B manufacturers and distributors. A consummate collaborator, Rich works with the team to drive continued customer success and grow the business.
Rich holds a Bachelor's and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jason Pokorny is an Application Engineer at IAM Robotics, responsible for collaborating with prospects and clients every day. As a trusted expert, Jason conducts opportunity assessments for clients, providing solution designs for their unique needs. A Jack-of-all-trades, Jason drives client success with an eye toward process improvement, operations analysis, ROI analysis and operations management.
Prior to joining IAM Robotics, Jason was an Industrial Engineer at Philips, and worked in Engineering Logistics at Tractor Supply Company. He’s Six Sigma-certified to make IAM Robotics and our client solutions better.
Jason holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from PSU and a Master’s in Business from Pitt.