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Honeywell partners with Fetch Robotics on mobile robots

Expands smart robotics portfolio to help warehousing operations fulfill growing e-commerce orders more efficiently


October 17, 2018
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Fetch Robotics’s “Freight 1500” robot.

FORT MILL, S.C. — Honeywell has entered a strategic collaboration with Fetch Robotics to provide distribution centres with autonomous mobile robots.

Fetch Robotics’s autonomous mobile robotics operate safely alongside people to transport items through DCs without human guidance or fixed paths.

Honeywell Intelligrated previously announced its collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to develop next-generation artificial intelligence and robotics technologies for distribution centres. The Fetch Robotics collaboration adds mobility capability to the portfolio of robotics solutions Honeywell is bringing to market.

“As staffing challenges and the continued growth of online shopping are pressuring supply chains, robotics can be an effective solution to help make large, integrated distribution centres more efficient,” said Pieter Krynauw, president of Honeywell Intelligrated.

“With this arrangement, we can provide our customers with a complete suite of fixed and mobile robotics solutions, backed by the expert systems integration, solutions development and reliable, 24/7 technical support they expect from us.”

Fetch Robotics offers a range of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that use a combination of LiDAR and 3D cameras – similar to self-driving car technology – to navigate unpredictable warehouse environments safely and accurately. In the event of an obstacle, these robots can adjust routes in real time, unlike automated guided vehicle systems, which depend on pre-programmed, fixed paths. This enables the AMRs to take on repetitive warehousing tasks that may otherwise require significant travel time between locations and transporting heavy loads.

Fetch Robotics’ solutions can be deployed and redeployed in just a single day without integration requirements or changes to infrastructure.

“We are committed to helping customers achieve their productivity goals by providing on-demand automation that enables a wide range of flexible and safe AMRs to be rapidly deployed,” said Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics.

“We fully expect our relationship with Honeywell Intelligrated to help accelerate the adoption of our cloud robotics solution within the logistics and manufacturing verticals.”

Fetch Robotics develops and manufactures AMRs for warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and logistics providers.