Material Handing Carts Have Been Upgraded
3 Material Handling Workflows Featuring Fetch Robotics’ CartConnect That Can Double Warehouse Productivity In Just Two Weeks
Material handling carts are a key element of material handling workflows within warehouses and manufacturing facilities and have been so for years. Even with today’s advancements in industrial automation, they remain a key tool for a number of transport tasks in commercial and industrial environments.
In an effort to boost their productivity even further, earlier this year, Fetch Robotics introduced CartConnect. The Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution picks up, transports, and drops off custom industrial material handling carts named FetchCarts to any pre-selected location within any warehouse, manufacturing facility, or distribution center.
Once that initial delivery is complete, CartConnect then immediately moves to the next cart delivery task — seamlessly blending manual work and automation in a manner that maximizes productivity within workflows where transported material might not be immediately loaded or unloaded.
CartConnect delivers this value to warehouse personnel at all levels with minimal change to existing processes. It isn’t a dedicated single task solution, either. Rather, it can be assigned to multiple types of material handling tasks on-demand. Developing efficiency strategies around your warehouse workflows is crucial. With that in mind, here are three distinct material handling workflows where compared to use of traditional material handling carts, CartConnect delivers almost immediate gains in productivity.
#1: Material Handling Carts vs. CartConnect for Order Picking
Warehouse picking tends to be a focal point for productivity improvement within commercial and industrial environments. Using warehouse carts, a warehouse associate secures one or more items before heading off to pack-out.
CartConnect has the ability to pick up and drop off FetchCarts and maximize productivity within warehouse picking workflows. Once a loaded FetchCart is dropped off at a location, the robot can disconnect from the FetchCart and move on to the next task.
Introducing CartConnect eliminates the wasted time a picker spends walking back and forth between pick areas and pack-out.
Introducing CartConnect into this workflow adds tremendous value by fully eliminating the wasted time a picker spends walking back and forth between pick areas and pack-out, thereby improving overall warehouse picking efficiency and product delivery speed.
#2: Material Handling Carts vs. CartConnect for Putaway/Replenishment
Putaway/replenishment workflows utilizing material handling carts are quite common in modern material handling warehouse facilities. Quite often, they are executed manually by warehouse associates who travel by foot or forklift between locations, then head off to their next task empty-handed. Additional delays along the way also contribute to losses in productivity. Introducing CartConnect into these workflows helps improve warehouse efficiency by keeping labor focused on more urgent or higher value tasks.
Material handling workflows in your facility can be turbo-charged by blending On-Demand Automation into your current workflows featuring material handling utility carts.
#3: Material Handling Carts vs. CartConnect for “Bridging The Gap”
A question often asked is how autonomous robotic solutions like CartConnect can work in conjunction with existing automation infrastructure and processes.
A perfect example is the efficient collaboration of CartConnect with high-level order pickers. CartConnect solutions allow warehouse associates using high-level order pickers (or cherry pickers) to stay strapped in and picking/replenishing within their specific zones. These associates can transfer items to and from nearby FetchCarts versus taking longer trips to receiving docks or pack-out areas.
This type of CartConnect workflow also promotes safety.
This type of CartConnect workflow also promotes safety. CartConnect “bridges” the highly trafficked dock and pack-out areas with the warehouse storage areas, reducing the interaction between fast moving forklifts and warehouse associates on foot. Additionally, because high pickers can stay in warehouse storage areas, they no longer need to constantly connect and disconnect safety harnesses.
CartConnect from Fetch Robotics is a productivity-boosting robotic solution that turbocharges material handling workflows in your facility while working safely alongside people, forklifts and other material handling equipment. If you would like to learn more about how Fetch Robotics’ CartConnect solution improves the efficiency of material handling workflows while working alongside people, check out the links below. If you would like to discuss your immediate needs now with one of our solutions experts, you can schedule a free consultation here.
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