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Autonomous Mobile Robots Automate Delivery of Bulky and Heavy Loads in Industrial Environments

Fetch Robotics today announced the introduction of two new Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) to its fleet: Freight500 and Freight1500. Both new robots, like the Freight predecessor, operate safely in commercial and industrial environments where they are deployed to automate the delivery of bulky and heavy loads. The company and the new robots will be at ProMat 2017 next week in Chicago, IL. ProMat runs from April 3-6 and Fetch can be found at Booth #N1024.

In addition, Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise will be discussing Warehouse Optimization With Mobile Robots on Wednesday, April 5 from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. in room N228 as part of Automate, the automation solutions event co-located with ProMat. On Monday, April 3 from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m., Melonee Wise will also be sharing the stage at ProMat’s Autonomous Vehicles Theater with Velodyne to discuss how Fetch Robotics utilizes current sensor technology in its robots.

AMRs from Fetch Robotics work alongside warehouse workers safely and efficiently. They are packed with sensors and powerful onboard computers that help them to understand the operating environment. Rather than being restricted to fixed routes, the line of Freight AMRs can instead navigate dynamically using a map, allowing them to plan their own paths to travel quickly and efficiently anywhere they need to go. AMRs from Fetch are also smart enough to recognize and react to people, cars, forklifts, and other things in the warehouse. They can also safely continue doing their jobs no matter how busy the surrounding environment.

With the addition of Freight500 and Freight1500, Fetch can now offer its industrial warehouse and logistics customers solutions at every level of material transport. As the big brother to Freight, Freight500 has been designed to move substantial loads yet still be able to fit through doorways and areas that are commonly traversed by people. For even bigger hauls, Freight1500 can support up to 3300 lbs. Freight1500 is the perfect robot for moving standard sized pallets as well as much bulkier cargo.

Freight Freight500 Freight1500
Weight 150 lbs 588 lbs 1034 lbs
Height 14 inches 14 inches 14 inches
Payload 220 lbs 1100 lbs 3300 lbs

“Since our inception, the goal at Fetch Robotics has been to provide a comprehensive and powerful AMR solution that can be managed from a single platform,” said Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics. “These new robots deliver on that mission and meet the complete range of needs of warehouse and logistics operators.”

Both new robots offer customers significant benefits in terms of product features including:

  • Ultra low profile to provide maximum load clearance overhead
  • Fast charging battery; 90% within 1 hr (3-phase power required)
  • Up to 9 hours of nominal continuous runtime
  • Integrated 3D camera and front and back LiDAR for best-in-class obstacle avoidance
  • 360-degree LED strip for "anywhere" visibility
  • Front-mounted RGB camera for custom imaging applications
  • Maximum serviceability with removable skins
  • Accessible DIN rail box to enable future features and functionality
  • Available charge dock for autonomous charging

As with all robots from Fetch Robotics, the new robots come armed with Fetchcore, cloud-based management software that puts managers in control of their robot fleet. Warehouse operations can easily create and schedule workflows by adding stations, preferred routes, speed maps, and keep-out zones. The intuitive Fetchcore interface allows customers to quickly modify existing tasks and schedules as workflows or warehouse environments change.

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