February 1, 2021

FetchPalletTransportT1500 400x275Fetch Robotics has announced its new PalletTransport1500, an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) that supports cross-docking, returns and case picking workflows for contactless pallet transport in distribution centers. The robot will utilize Honeywell Intelligrated’s Momentum warehouse execution system software, known as Momentum WES, to safely move pallets and other large payloads up to 2,500 lbs. (1,136 kg).

The Pallet Conveyance solution, powered by Momentum WES and the PalletTransport1500, is designed to support workflows for e-commerce fulfillment, store replenishment, and wholesale distribution center operations, the companies said in a statement.

“Even the most well-managed distribution centers 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,” said Stefan Nusser, chief product officer at Fetch Robotics. “By combining Fetch’s new PalletTransport1500 with Honeywell Intelligrated’s Momentum WES, distribution and fulfillment centers will now be able to orchestrate every aspect of automated warehouse execution for maximum facility efficiency and safety.”

The PalletTransport1500 consists of the Fetch Freight1500 AMR with an integrated lift and a pick-up and delivery station, which conforms with the new ANSI/RIA R15.08 standard for autonomous mobile robots. When combined with the Momentum WES, the system can manage long-haul material transport without any need for human involvement, saving the time spent on operating forklifts and freeing up workers for more value-added activities. The companies said the system reduces injuries and creates a safer, more efficient warehouse environment overall.

“To compete in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of e-commerce, modern distribution and fulfillment center operations are introducing increasing levels of automation. Too often, these automated systems operate independently, performing very discrete tasks and processes,” said Thomas Evans, CTO of Honeywell Robotics. “This collaboration with Fetch to have a turnkey solution with Momentum gives those in the e-commerce industry a competitive advantage that will optimize productivity, increase operational safety, and provide significant return on investment.”

The system can support several workflows, including:

  • Cross-docking: The AMR can transport pallets directly from inbound to outbound shipping areas. After pallets are unloaded from a truck, the AMR carries pallets routed from the inbound trailers/containers directly to the respective outbound shipping area location.

  • Returns: Once inbound items are sorted based on product type or vendor, the AMR transports pallets to their appropriate return station (inventory, recycle, charity, etc.).

  • Warehouse transport: After received products are unloaded and palletized, the AMR moves inventory to storage locations based on business needs.

More details on the robot are available at the Fetch Robotics website.