Ronavi Robotics about Warehouses Neutral to Viruses

22 October 2020

At the session “Robots don’t get sick. Robotization and Automation” held within the framework of the Open Innovations Forum, it was said that the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions had significantly accelerated robotization across a wide range of industries. Ivan Borodin, CEO of Ronavi Robotics, is confident that robots are already able to remove most of the risks associated with the human factor in warehouse logistics.

The TechnoSpark’s Ronavi Robotics, an investment network of the RUSNANO’ Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, manufactures robots to transport goods without human participation, as well as equips with its equipment distribution centers and logistics sites of enterprises. The pandemic produced some bright negative cases that would not have happened if the warehouses had been robotized. For example, in May, after the detection of coronavirus in several hundred employees, a large warehouse of the Krasnoye i Beloye network was completely closed, whereas at the robotic warehouse, draws the attention Ivan Borodin, the order collectors do not need to move around the premises, since their workplace is stationary. Contact with other employees is reduced to a minimum. Most of the warehouse operates without the presence of people thereby reducing the need for disinfection.

Another consequence of the pandemic and the surge in the number of at-door orders was the overload of many delivery services. Ivan Borodin has told about one of the companies, which in April 2019 was interested in logistics robots, but decided to postpone the modernization. During the quarantine this spring, despite a sharp increase in demand, it was unable to take more orders and lost some of the revenue. It is impossible to increase productivity by hiring warehouse workers since at some point people start to interfere with each other. It is much more real to take an additional number of warehouse robots for some time.

The robotization of the warehouse provides not only an increase in productivity, but also protection from many risks: the injury rate of employees is reduced, the costs of social insurance and internal communications are reduced, and image costs disappear. The robot-as-a-service business model does not require investment in CAPEX and capital lock-up in equipment. “At Ronavi Robotics we are confident that robotization eliminates several bottlenecks in warehouse logistics at once,” said Ivan Borodin.


The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.