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Fetch Robotics expands autonomous mobile robot fleet

Fetch Robotics, one of the first and leading makers of warehouse robots, has expanded its VirtualConveyor family of Autonomous Mobile Robots with the addition of CartConnect and RollerTop robots.

The company says it now has “the most flexible and broad range of workflows for material handling and transport”.

Through the FetchCore Cloud Robotics Platform, mixed fleets of “VirtualConveyor” robots uniquely complement any warehouse optimization strategy for mixed inventory and workflow environments associated with the largest third-party logistics companies, retailers, and manufacturers in the world. 

CartConnect, RollerTop and the complete line of VirtualConveyor solutions will be shown for the first time at Modex 2018 at booth #B4835.

VirtualConveyor CartConnect solutions allow the new AMRs to pick up, transport and drop off delivery warehouse carts to any warehouse or manufacturing location.

CartConnect robots can then immediately move on to their next cart delivery task.

This maximizes productivity gains out of Fetch Robotics AMR systems in workflows where transported material cannot be immediately loaded or unloaded.

VirtualConveyor RollerTop robots have seamlessly integrated active conveyor modules that, in combination with FetchCore’s new precision alignment feature, allow RollerTop robots to dependably hand off or receive material from fixed conveyance.

With the simple integration of FetchLink controllers with facility conveyors, customers can very quickly deploy AMR to conveyor workflows that require no human interaction.

Both CartConnect and RollerTop solutions can be deployed in hours without any changes to existing facility or IT infrastructure.

Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics, says: “We are committed to helping our customers increase warehouse efficiency with the fastest time to automation.

“RollerTop and CartConnect robots add flexibility and maximize existing conveyance across factory and warehouse workflows providing our customers with a breadth of options to meet their goals.”

Both CartConnect and RollerTop are managed through FetchCore, the company’s cloud robotics platform.

FetchCore is unified cloud-based software for deploying, operating, monitoring, and optimizing Fetch Robotics’ AMRs across warehouse and manufacturing environments.

With a simple click and drag interface, FetchCore allows warehouse managers to create and schedule workflows in minutes, and to quickly create or modify mobile robot tasks and schedules to compliment any warehouse optimization strategy.

John Santagate, research director at IDC, says: “With Fetch, warehouses and logistic facilities are able to maximize their workflow efficiency without any changes to the physical environment.

“The new robotic modules from Fetch are a perfect complement to an automation strategy for increasing warehouse efficiency and material throughput, without the disruption typically associated with automation modifications.

“They can easily integrate with existing conveyance systems for rapid deployment.

“These new autonomous products are a great example of modular autonomous mobility, something that IDC believes will help to deliver enhanced value and drive the idea of ‘flexible automation’.”