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6 River Systems introduces ‘major enhancements’ to its mobile fulfillment robots

6 River Systems (6RS), part of global commerce platform Shopify, has unveiled what it describes as “major enhancements” to its “wall-to-wall” fulfillment solution, including upgrades to its collaborative mobile robot, Chuck.

6RS says it provides warehouse operators the opportunity to “transform the entire fulfillment workflow from putaway, to picking, sorting and packing”.

Improvements to the solution’s order allocation algorithm and optimizations to batch, zone and other picking methodologies continue to reduce associate walking in the warehouse, says the company.

With new modular and larger multi-level workspaces, Chuck is the most flexible collaborative mobile robot in the industry.

Glen Sutton, SVP Americas, Ingram Micro commerce and lifecycle services, says: “Operational efficiency is critical to providing an accurate and fast delivery experience, and the demand for this continues to grow. Our solution from 6 River Systems enables us to increase our throughput and get more orders out the door and into customers’ hands.

“We are excited about their commitment to continually improving and developing their product.”

Chuck enhancements include:

  • Increased capacity: up to 6 levels for a total of 43.5 ft2 / 4.0 m2 of workspace, over three times more than the other providers, handles a broad range of SKUs and a payload of up to 200 lbs / 90.7 kg.
  • Expanded compliance: patent-pending safety system meets international safety standards, including CE and UL1740.
  • Improved usability: globally recognized lighting, images, and prompts accelerates training and directs associates through their tasks.

Gillan Hawkes, 6RS’ VP of product, says: “Our solution transforms fulfillment operations. Chuck replaces cumbersome and dangerous manual carts, eliminates long walks to receive and deliver work and improves associates’ jobs. In turn, this helps companies recruit and retain the best workers.

“Unlike traditional automation systems, ours continuously improves through over-the-air software updates and new functionality, helping our existing customers realize year-over-year productivity increases of 10 per cent or greater.”

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