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Using Drones To Improve Manufacturing Companies  And Supply Chain Capabilities

Rafael Granato
by Rafael Granato on Sep 6, 2016 10:56:45 AM

The drone industry is evolving quickly and transforming the way many manufacturing companies do business, from aerial photography to more sophisticated uses such as locating and tracking inventory inside of warehouses. Organizations also now understand that this is not all about the last-mile delivery. There are so many other practical applications and use cases, such as using drones for manufacturing. And PINC is leading the way in the technology of inventory robotics.

Drones are effectively one form of an autonomous robot and there are plenty of robots in the supply chain already. The only difference being that this is aerial, getting to inventory more quickly, safely and accurately than a person can. These drones compliment manufacturing companies and their workers by automating highly repetitive tasks. The expectation is that the drone will do what it’s told, will understand where it is, go about its task, and automatically rectify any issues it might have identified. The fundamentals of using drones for manufacturing is a bit more complex than the robots on the ground, but it is going to have an equal impact on the supply chain in general.

Rick Rys of ARC recently completed some detailed research on drones and manufacturing companies. Rys shares his key findings, other practical applications, and use cases for drones than last-mile delivery with ARC analyst Steve Banker on Forbes.com. This interview focused on supply chain and manufacturing applications surrounding drones.

Read the full interview here.

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