Will Drones Usher in a New Era of Warehouse Design?

Both pilots and companies are navigating a thin line between security and innovation. Host Grant Guillot talks with leaders, influencers, and experts across the drone industry to guide us through the complex web of technology and policy in the United States.

 

There is a lot of conversation about drone delivery. The opportunity is gaining momentum but faces many challenges with regulations, safety, and scalability. But what about drone usage inside, as part of the logistics space?

Companies are now using drones in warehouses to manage inventory, a less complex use case. Drones in America host Grant Guillot welcomed returning guest Will Stavanja, Founder and Lead Consultant for Wilstair, to discuss the topic and more. Wilstair focuses on the operational side of drone usage, specializing in commercial drone logistics integration.

“The drone is a transformational tool. You suddenly have a flying robot that can scan. Complete automation is possible.” – Will Stavanja

With the proliferation of warehouses, the result of rapid e-commerce growth and the desire by consumers to receive goods fast, many are turning to technology to manage inventory better.

Stavanja explained the application of drones, “It began with companies saying here’s a scanner we use to track inventory. Can you make this into a drone?”

Having a drone that scans and collects data is key to warehouse logistics. It provides insights on how much space is available and if replenishment is necessary. “The drone is a transformational tool. You suddenly have a flying robot that can scan. Complete automation is possible,” Stavanja added.

Using drones in warehousing can reduce manual work for repetitive tasks. The use of drones indoors doesn’t fall in the purview of the FAA, so it’s easier to implement. However, safety is still key. “OSHA plays a role indoors. Those exploring the technology currently don’t have anyone in the spaces while the drones are navigating. They can maneuver around people, but for safety, the aisles should be clear,” Stavanja noted.

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