Fetch Robotics headquartered in San Jose, California, USA was founded in 2014 by recognized leaders in robotics. They are the pioneered provider of cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot solutions for warehousing intralogistics environments.
Fetch Robotics was the inventor of the world’s first cloud robotics platform. They were named as a leader in the IDC MarketSpace for Autonomous Mobile Robots in General Warehouse Automation 2019.
The company got recognized as the most innovative company in robotics 2019 by Fast Company. The company got a couple of awards such as 2019, the AI Breakthrough Award for the best overall robotics company. It got its place in the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 Top Supply Chain Transformations.
In 2018, the world economics forum name the company a Technology pioneer. The current revenue generated by Fetch robotics is approximately $10 million. Zebra technology, based in Lincolnshire, III, owned the Fetch Robotics.
In 2020, Fetch and Zebra were working as a partner by integrating Fetch’s AMRs and Zebra’s Fulfillment Edge software.
“The acquisition of Fetch Robotics will accelerate our Enterprise Asset Intelligence vision and growth in intelligent industrial automation by embracing new modes of empowering workflows and helping our customers operate more efficiently in increasingly automated, data-powered environments,” said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies.
“This move will also extend our ongoing commitment to optimizing the supply chain from the point of production to the point of consumption. We are excited to welcome the Fetch team to the Zebra family.”
They are the pioneer of On-Demand Automation with Fetch’s Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) specialized in optimizing picking expertise in fulfillment centers. Optimizing of the case picking in distribution centers, just-in-time material delivery in manufacturing facilities, or automating manual material movement in facilities.
“Fetch Robotics is the pioneer of On-Demand Automation — the only solution that deploys safe, reliable, and versatile Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) for the warehousing and intralogistics markets in just hours. The result is demonstrable improvements in throughput, efficiency, and productivity within both commercial and industrial environments — all while working alongside people.”
Fetch robotics or with the FetchCore technology. It is a cloud-based software for complete control of robots and automation to deploy and integrate fully a wide range of automated workflows in the warehouse and manufacturing operations.
The solutions provided by Fetch robotics are each picking, case picking, storage carousel transport, work cell delivery, line feeding, replenishment, cycle counting, and recycling removal.
The Fetch robotics products are FlexShelf, RollerTop Guide, HMIShelf, CartConnect100, CartConnect500, RollerTop, PalletTransport1500, TagSurveyor, Freight100 OEM Base, Freight500 & Freight 1500, Freight Research Base, Fetch mobile manipulator and disinfection AMRs.
FlexShelf line of autonomous mobile robots. Increase productivity up to 3 times by augmenting workers.
It adds adaptability and increases automation in conveyor-driven environments. It takes care of manual loading and unloading.
The top competitors of Fetch Robotics are Locus Robotics and 6 River Systems (acquired by Shopify in 2019 for $450 million).
One such example of implementing Fetch Robotics is Austin Lighthouse, a non-profit organization offering education and training to visually impaired people.
As the distribution space is a million square feet wide, the operations are complex and take a sufficient amount of time for workers.
To enhance the independent nature of the workers, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were introduced by Fetch for reducing the travel time for visually disabled workers to improve the pricking productivity by 2.5 times.
“We were drawn to robotics as a way to enable all of our employees to work smarter, not harder. Reducing the amount of walking they have to do to complete a task, in turn, reduces wear and tear on the body and opens up job opportunities to those with limited mobility.” Alonso Perales, Vice President of Business Innovation at Austin Lighthouse
In my opinion, one of the greatest boons of AI can bring is in the life of disabled people being limited for reasons that are not by choice. The non-profitable organization can gain hugely by using the assistance and reducing the unnecessary burden but also speed up the process.
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