Robot Workers

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by tim_upser, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. tim_upser

    tim_upser New Member

    Anyone see the video of the robot unloader on the front page? What's the probability of UPS implementing such a device to replace loaders/unloaders/sorters etc..? Do you think they would go that route or keep people doing the work?

    I've been there about 2 1/2 months and I'm doing sorting now, just thinking about my future with the company. I'm looking to stay long-term.
  2. NI3

    NI3 New Member

    In current operations, it is necessary to place the packages with label facing legibly.

    With advancement and standardization of RFID though, I think it makes a lot of tasks more automation friendly. Since they're not orientation it can be electronically read and mechanically sorted. In addition to weight, its possible to integrate RFID into new boxes at one point allowing them to be pre-programmed with dimensions allowing the system to know weight, special instructions (hazmat, fragile, liquid, etc) and dimensions.
  3. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    We already have robot workers. Most are in management positions.
  4. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    Nothing would surprise me, anything to save money, you still need a loader, lol
  5. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    The pace these robots were moving at would be a welcome change at my building. If they flowed like that, you'd actually be able to retain new hires, thus eliminating the need for more robots. Win-win.
  6. PT Stewie

    PT Stewie "Big Fella"

    The robots would have to start on the bottom of the seniority list.
  7. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    If a computer scans a pkg for 4th St and PALS it to 14th St and a robot loads it on the wrong truck, who gets the warning letter?
  8. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Just about every position at UPS (management included) could be automated- except the drivers----they still haven't figured out how to teach a monkey to drive. Beware when they do.
  9. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    The geek who programmed it!

    When you see the Chiquta banana truck outside your hub.............

    On a more serious note I heard they were going to start rolling in an automated sorting system, Denver airport has one that uses lasers to read the bar codes on luggage tags. When they first used the system when the airport was new it had all kinds of bugs. Apparently the bugs have been worked out and it's used as a "Modern Marvels" example. I believe they already use something similar in Louisville.

    When I heard they were going to start this type of system the reason was that each time a package is touched in the hub it costs $.13 up from $.06. Also unless the programming geek screws up, there should be literally no missorts. Also no breaks, sick time, vacations, etc, etc. I don't know who the managers will yell at though.

    There also gearing up for an automated dispatching system for feeders, although that's not supposed to start until after peak. In the larger hubs the IVIS will have all the incoming and outbound load information, (doors, trailer #'s,etc) without picking up the phone.

    Welcome to the future.
  10. PT Stewie

    PT Stewie "Big Fella"

    Get a truck trunk monkey.....

  11. BlackCat

    BlackCat Member

    It would be sweet if they (the computer) could weigh and adjust the true weight of each package and bill accordingly. Say goodbye Pottery Barn..
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  13. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    The robot better be up to date with paying his dues or we won't let him work.
  14. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Robots are generally proponents of right to work laws.
  15. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I'll grieve that
  16. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    I'd imagine the technology for that robot still needs to mature some and the price of implementation needs to come down. Right now UPS is filling those unloading positions for $8.50/hr. in most states with no benefits and somehow my guess is that robot probably costs more per hour to operate when you consider the millions in implantation costs, maintenance, etc. If the starting part time wage goes up drastically I would expect them to begin looking heavily at these robots, but not until then.
  17. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    Hey, Dave. Ever heard of work hardening? I have. See you at peak. The coach can't wait to put me back in.
  18. NI3

    NI3 New Member

    The pension contribution cost is something like $8.50/hr for PT employees according to some leaflets that the local was passing out around here.

    Gross payroll amount maybe $8.50/hr for PT package handlers but I think the average cost per worked hour is more than double that. Then there's the hourly cost for the supes to yell and nag at them.
  19. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    That's very expensive, think of how many less supes they would need since yelling and nagging at a robot won't work. That in itself might pay for the robot.
  20. jaker

    jaker trolling

    So who replaces the robot when it gets sick