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6000 state-of-the-art robots to be used at Amazon warehouse

Once facility is fully operational, 1500 workers will also be employed

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07 March 2018 02:27 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Amazon logistics centre inaugurated last autumn just outside Barcelona will reach full performance in the coming two years, according to the director of operations in Spain and Italy, Fred Pattje.

Currently 200 staff are employed at the facility, with this expected to increase to 700 by June. When it is in full operation, 1,500 people will work there, alongside state-of-the-art robotics technology.

At the mega warehouse, 3,000 robots deal with packing, moving, and shipping products bought from the online vendor. The plan is to have 6,000 robots running the logistics side of the warehouse in the future.

One-click buy

Once a purchase on Amazon is finalized, the machinery at the logistics centre is activated.

Packages travel through a circuit of up to 22.5 kilometers of conveyor belts that move them from the unloading  area to the warehouse and onward to distribution. The space is completely robotised and the latest technology that is used allows millions of products to be moved easily. The “robot field” occupies 130,00 square metres over three floors. Each robot can lift a weight of up to 1,500 kilos.

The facility has the capacity to store 25 million products, although the company does not reveal what volume it is currently moving.

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  • The packaging area at Amazon logistics centre (by ACN)

  • The packaging area at Amazon logistics centre (by ACN)