Geek+: accelerating smart logistics
Geek+ applies advanced robotics and artificial intelligence technologies to create solutions for warehouse and factory operations.
Due to the rise of e-commerce and the demand for increased flexible movement of goods, warehouse and manufacturing operators are faced with growing complex production and logistic challenges. The importance of speed, product diversification, same-day delivery, volume and safety are all high on the priority list from companies from a wide range of industries, and so Geek+ was created to meet those challenges head-on.
Operating with a vision to create a fully automated and intelligent supply chain globally, Geek+ makes logistics affordable, efficient, flexible, safe and agile. The company offers a range of different solutions to meet all demands. There is a P series (picking), S series (sorting), C series (bin-to-person picking), M series (moving), F series (forklift) and A series (collaborative picking).
Geek+ offers its customers a professional software system deeply adapted to the industry with full coverage of Robot Management System, Intelligent Warehouse Execution System, Data Platform, simulation platform, algorithm library, and highly modular and flexible interface platform API and SDK. These robust systems make it easier for customers to use and integrate.
The Geek+ Smart Factory system replaces the traditional conveyor belt system with a new “island production mode” of AMR. This new model can be easily introduced to manufacturing facilities globally and customised to meet various production and industrial scenarios.
The system leverages IoT, 5G technology, edge computing and MES, being able to guide, initiate, respond and report with real-time and accurate information.
Upon the launch of the world’s first bin-to-person robot, Yong Zheng, founder and CEO of Geek+, said: “Our R&D team is constantly pushing boundaries to develop the most advanced AMRs on the market, bringing our customers significant added value and transforming logistics operations.
“Since its launch in 2015, the Geek+ picking system has led the industry with real and visible business returns for our customers. The new C200M picking robot will bring customers even more value by reducing warehouse rental costs and improving storage capacity to propel long-term development of enterprises and realize flexible, smart upgrades.”
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Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution
Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand.
So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes, basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”