Fetch Robotics and Honeywell developing integrated pallet conveyance solution

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Fetch Robotics is combining one of its autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with Honeywell’s warehouse execution system (WES) software to develop a new integrated pallet conveyance solution for distribution centres.

Fetch’s PalletTransport1500 AMR supports cross-docking, returns and case picking workflows for contactless pallet transport in distribution centres.

The PalletTransport1500 will utilise Honeywell’s Momentum WES software to safely move pallets and other large payloads up to 1,136kg (2,504 lb). The system is designed to support workflows for e-commerce fulfilment store replenishment and wholesale distribution centre operations.

Stefan Nusse, chief product officer at Fetch Robotics, said: “Even the most well-managed distribution centres are struggling to keep up with the ongoing growth of e-commerce, which is putting tremendous stress on facilities and warehouse associates to move goods in and out of facilities at record speed.

“By combining Fetch’s new PalletTransport1500 with Honeywell Intelligrated’s Momentum WES, distribution and fulfilment centres will now be able to orchestrate every aspect of automated warehouse execution for maximum facility efficiency and safety.”

The pallet system consists of the Fetch Freight1500 AMR with an integrated lift and a pick-up and delivery station. According to Fetch, the solution conforms with the new ANSI/RIA R15.08 standard for AMRs.

When combined with Momentum WES, the system can manage long-haul material transport with no human involvement, thereby keeping forklifts contained to inbound and outbound docks.

Thomas Evans, CTO of Honeywell Robotics, said: “To compete in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of e-commerce, modern distribution and fulfilment centre operations are introducing increasing levels of automation. Too often these automated systems operate independently, performing very discrete tasks and processes.

“This collaboration with Fetch to have a turnkey solution with Momentum gives those in the e-commerce industry a competitive advantage that will optimise productivity, increase operational safety, and provide significant return on investment.”

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