Device & Sensor Triggers

Take control of AMRs with devices you already use. Connect Fetch AMRs to existing automation using industrial sensors.

SICK TDC with Fetch Robotics RollerTop

Automate Your Automation

Flexibility is key when collaborating with AMRs, and we have the widest array of methods of initiating AMR workflows including from systems, devices, sensors, and even from an AMR.

Sensor integration is used to connect Fetch AMRs to existing automation, open doors, and trigger AMR workflows automatically when a condition is sensed. For example, moving a cart to a certain location can initiate an AMR workflow to move the cart to the next work cell.  

Device integration enables employees to leverage a handheld scanner, a network-connected mobile device, or a voice-picking headset to trigger a specific workflow for a specific type of AMR. 

For a putaway application, you may already be utilizing handheld scanners to receive in-product – those same scanners can also trigger a robot to pick up and transport material to storage.

Modes of Automation Execution

Sensor Initiated Workflows

Sensor-Based Initiation

Automatically initiate multiple fulfillment and manufacturing workflows by using sensors to trigger AMR actions.

Device Initiated Workflows

Device-Based Initiation

Operators use devices they utilize everyday such as handheld scanners and headsets as a simple way to initiate collaborative robot workflows.

Without installing IT

AMR-Based Initiation

Integrated touch screens on the AMRs can also be used to initiate workflows or to choose the next destination the AMR.

Sensor Triggers

Industrial Smart Sensors

Automatically initiate and workflow, such as WIP movement, putaway, replenishment, and even recycling removal by using industrial sensors to trigger AMR actions.

Enable integration of control systems and existing infrastructure such as conveyors, doors, proximity sensors, photo eyes, and more.

SICK Smart Sensors
Sensor Triggers

SICK TDC Smart Gateway

The SICK Telematic Data Collector (optional, sold separately) is a networked industrial I/O device that serves as a bridge between the FetchCore and other industrial equipment such as conveyors, doors, and air showers. Automate hand-offs between Fetch RollerTop robots and active powered conveyors by connecting a SICK TDC to any conveyor controller.

Device Triggers

Handhelds & Scanners

FetchCore has built-in support for triggering AMR workflows using handheld mobile computers and RF scanners, including native support for Zebra devices.

A scanner essentially enables warehouse associates to control and collaborate with our robots. By simply scanning a barcode, they can request the nearest robot to automatically move to the pick-up area, dock with a loaded cart, and transport it to a designated drop-off area, for example.


AMR Handheld Scanner Trigger
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Device Triggers

Scanner-driven AMR Workflows using WorkFlow Builder

Learn how FetchCore’s built-in tools can quickly and easily integrate handheld scanners and
barcode triggers to initiate AMR tasks and complex workflows with no coding required.

Device Triggers

AMR-Based Initiation

Operators can also initiate robot workflows by using a mobile-friendly web app from a mobile phone or tablet. The StartRobot™️ application allows you to customize the on-screen buttons to initiate material replenishment, delivery and other workflows.

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Fetch Robotics CartConnect Integration
Fetch StartRobot

Tablets & Mobile Devices

Flexibility is key when collaborating with AMRs, and some Fetch robots have built-in have integrated touch screens on the AMRs can also be used to initiate workflows or to choose the next destination the AMR.

The StartRobot™️ application allows you to customize the on-screen buttons to initiate material replenishment, delivery and other workflows as well as monitor robot status.

Device Triggers

Voice Picking Headsets

For AMR-assisted case picking and pick to cart applications, a voice headset is an excellent way to allow associates to also initiate AMR workflows in addition to the optimized picking that they are completing. 

For example, an associate may be involved in a case picking operation with a WMS or WES optimizing picking and orchestrating associates and AMR. The associate can also speak a command into the headset to initiate an AMR workflow such as removing recycling. The voice picking system will recognize the command and direct FetchCore to initiate the recycling removal workflow. 

Freight1500 Case Picking

Out of the Box Automation

AMR workflows can be initiated in a variety of methods, by both the warehouse operator and WMS, WES, or MES.

Fetch Robotics AMR Sensor Safety

AMR Safety

AMRs are smart enough to recognize and react to people and forklifts and safely perform their tasks no matter how busy the surrounding environment.