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Robots give Greece's postal service speed boost

Athens, October 5

There is a new addition to Greece’s postal service: a fleet of yellow robots sorting via the mail.

Fifty-five small, four-wheeled autonomous cell robots — or AMR’s — powered by synthetic intelligence, glide round Hellenic Submit’s sorting centre in Athens, dashing up an typically arduous course of.

They scan the postal code, weigh the package deal and, directed by sensors, empty it into the corresponding mail sacks arrange round a platform.

The robots are a part of the state-owned firm’s digital restructuring programme, which goals to deal with rising numbers of parcels from on-line procuring throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“Till not too long ago, sorting has been carried out by handbook labour with a excessive demand in time, typically with errors occurring, inflicting supply delays for our prospects and elevated prices for the corporate,” Hellenic Submit Chief Govt George Constantopoulos instructed Reuters.

As much as 80% of parcel sorting has been handed over to the robots and Constantopoulos mentioned the method was as much as 3 times sooner, making certain next-day supply.

The robots can deal with as many as 1,68,000 parcels weighing as much as 15 kg a day and solely have to be recharged each 4 hours for five minutes.

“The aim is to not substitute human employees with robots, however slightly to enhance human workforces and make them extra environment friendly,” Constantopoulos mentioned. Reuters

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