Step inside Ferguson’s new Market Distribution Centers (MDCs) and see the future where robots work together, sorting and picking products in two recently opened automated distribution centers. The MDCs, located outside of Denver, in Aurora, Colorado and outside Phoenix in Chandler, Arizona, house the innovative technology running a collection of “robots” that carry out tasks within a physical grid. One supercomputer manages each robot’s action, automating the tracking, gathering, organizing and pulling of orders from thousands of bins stacked on top of one another within the facility. By way of example, the Aurora facility’s 16,000-square-foot system holds 49,000 bins and 26,000 products.
Supplementing a human workforce with the new robot technology allows distribution centers to process more orders in a shorter amount of time. That’s welcomed news for customers and businesses that rely on distribution centers for the delivery of their goods quickly and efficiently. Additionally, robots deliver energy consumption savings – helping Ferguson achieve its carbon reduction goals.