About Honeywell Intelligrated: A leading North American-owned, robot systems integrator with operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Honeywell Intelligrated is headquartered in Mason, Ohio. Honeywell Intelligrated designs, manufactures and installs complete material handling automation solutions, including conveyor systems, and sortation systems. Vice President of Product Development, Matthew Wicks met with RIA recently to share his company vision and how becoming RIA Certified has benefited the company.
RIA: Tell me a little bit about your company. What is Honeywell Intelligrated's main objective?
MW: Honeywell Intelligrated is a provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions. We have a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, service and support. We design, manufacture, integrate and install complete material handling automation solutions including conveyor, sortation (IntelliSort), conventional and robotic palletizers and depalletizers, and automated storage and retrieval systems. These are all managed by our advanced machine controls and software. We also have an extensive warehouse execution systems offering – a scalable suite of software that manages the entire fulfillment process, including equipment, labor and business intelligence, integrated with voice- and light-directed picking and putting technologies. We provide these innovative systems as part of integrated solutions for retailers, manufactures and logistics providers around the world.
RIA: Give an example of a challenging application your company developed.
MW: One example of such an application is a project for a food manufacturer operating with numerous manual palletizing systems serving production lines scatted throughout their operation. Honeywell Intelligrated designed a solution to consolidate all of these legacy lines into a new centralized palletizing system, all while the customer remained in full production. The solution uses many of the equipment types in the Honeywell Intelligrated portfolio, including case and pallet conveyor, high speed sortation and integration expertise of robotic palletizers and stretch wrappers.
We conducted all mechanical, electrical and controls engineering for this solution in-house, along with manufacturing most of the equipment, as the project required tight coordination and collaboration with all of the various disciplines.
RIA: What are the primary industries you serve?
MW: Honeywell Intelligrated helps retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers build smarter distribution and fulfillment operations, using the right mix of automation, software and labor. This includes e-commerce, food, beverage, consumer goods and pharmaceutical operations, just to name a few.
We also back every project with 24X7 multilingual technical support and access to lifecycle service through a network of national, regional and local service centers.
RIA: What markets do you serve – global or domestic?
MW: We serve clients both domestically and internationally.
RIA: What is your vision for the company?
MW: From initial concept through ongoing service and troubleshooting, Honeywell Intelligrated provides total lifecycle support for each system. This maximizes performance and return on investment for our customers.
Honeywell Intelligrated's core values ensure a customer-centric approach to every project and drive all company associates to consistently deliver results, "The Honeywell Intelligrated Way."
RIA: How would you describe the current state of the robotics industry in your country/state? What are the challenges you face?
MW: The robotics industry worldwide is changing, expanding and evolving at a rapid pace. With the growth of computing power, improvements in computer vision and sensing solutions, the advancement of robotics has never hit a more rapid pace – and we're just getting started.
Traditionally, industrial robots have been used to provide consistent and repeatable performance in certain tasks that have a given known input and expected response, such as palletizing. With a known product size/weight and palletizing pattern, robots lend themselves nicely to these tasks. Now, robots are using more sensors and intelligence to understand their environments, products and utilize algorithms to make intelligent decisions on which action best suits the operation.
RIA: Why did you decide to become RIA certified?
MW: We're seeing a lot of companies entering the automation and robotics market, both in terms of end users looking to take advantage of the technology and companies offering robotic integration services. This means the cost of entry for robotic systems can be lower, but it can also come with an unintended cost, with the level of integration not up to industry standards.
We have supplied robotic solutions for more than 20 years, we have proven experience engineering systems that deliver the rates, quality and the total cost of ownership required, and we take into account the evolving safety and training considerations to comply with industry regulations relevant to a robot application. By becoming an RIA-certified integrator, we're not just touting our experience and skills, we're able to show that we hold ourselves to the exacting requirements of RIA's rigorous certification process.
Robot integrators certified by the RIA are part of a recognized, elite group of accomplished, trustworthy professionals who are leading global and domestic robotic automation. Certification gives our customers confidence that our competency and experience meet the requirements for their robotic automation needs.