Introducing the FlexShelf line of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), part of a new end-to-end fulfillment solution brought to you by Zebra Technologies and Fetch Robotics, the pioneers of on-demand warehouse automation.
Increase productivity up to 3 times by augmenting workers with robots that are 60% faster and carry larger and heavier payloads than the competition. Ensure the highest levels of accuracy and safety as pickers move faster than ever before while leveraging unique pick-to-light and put-to-side capabilities.
Deploy an intelligent automation solution, powered by an open architecture, that leverages your existing systems and does not require modifications to your facilities.
With FlexShelf joining our expanding portfolio of AMRs, Zebra and Fetch now offers the most complete vision of solutions you need to digitize and automate your fulfillment operations, including each and batch picking, case picking, and pallet picking.
Collaborative picking with AMRs has never been more flexible – with multiple screen options, highly adjustable shelves, and other accessories such as garment rods, FlexShelf offers the most storage combinations for transporting picked orders safely and efficiently.
Already using or thinking about voice / vision -based picking systems? FlexShelf integrates with your existing optimization layer so equipped workers can continue to use headsets, HUDs, and scanners to perform picks. Your WMS / WES and FetchCore work together to manage pick waves for both humans and robots.
FlexShelf Guide adds an integrated touchscreen and a built-in scanner for processing picks directly onto the robot. The single screen directs associates to the correct SKU and bin location while LED lighting along the robot uprights help guide associates where to place picked items.
For the ultimate in pick efficiency in high-volume, high-velocity fulfillment centers, FlexShelf Guide Dual provides 2 touchscreens to enable simultaneous directed picking on both sides of the robot. The robot can rotate in place to present available shelving on the opposite side of the robot so a picker can minimize movement.
For operations that want to continue to leverage voice or RF picking, or implement vision-based picking, the FlexShelf AMR features a model without built-in screens and scanners. The FlexShelf Guide is available with up to two screens with scanners and is ideal for environments where the customer wants to go device-free. All of the picks are shown on the touchscreen and scans are done with the integrated scanner. The dual screen FlexShelf Guide enables picking from both sides of the AMR, either by two pickers or one picker where the AMR will rotate for picks on the opposite side.
FlexShelf AMRs feature dynamic LED lighting built into the storage module frame, which runs along both sides of the shelves.
The multi-color LEDs enable visual guidance for the picker to identify that a robot is ready to pick. LEDs also indicate which side of the aisle the active pick is on, so pickers can quickly locate required SKUs.
Once the item is picked, the LEDs will provide put guidance, and show the picker which bin to put the picked item.
With guidance LEDs, FlexShelf can ensure the highest levels of accuracy and safety as pickers move faster than ever before, while reducing training time and returns.
Debuting with FlexShelf and the latest FetchCore Fulfillment software package is FetchCore™ Insight, an advanced safety feature which enables Fetch AMRs to identify forklifts and order pickers for dynamic hazard avoidance.
This unprecedented capability is enabled using cloud-based machine learning algorithms on AMR sensor data to train models that are deployed on Fetch AMRs.
In fast-paced omnichannel warehouse environments, lift trucks, humans, and robots may all be traversing the same aisle at the same time. With FetchSight, Fetch AMRs will detect a forklift and avoid traveling into its path. Robots can also identify order pickers and will automatically navigate and reposition to prevent placing itself under the blind spot of an elevated order picker.
The entire portfolio of Fetch AMRs including the FlexShelf, FlexShelf Guide, and RollerTop Guide all conform with ANSI RIA R15.08, the new AMR safety standard, leverage existing WiFi infrastructure, and do not require facility modifications nor QR codes to be placed throughout the facility.
A newly released FetchCore Fulfillment software package adds even more functionality to our cloud robotics software suite. Designed to fully leverage the new fulfillment-focused capabilities of the FlexShelf and RollerTop Guide AMRs, FetchCore Fulfillment makes it easy to setup robots, design custom picking workflows, manage and prioritize picking waves, visualize worker and robot activity, and gain valuable insights from real-time metrics.
With FetchCore, you can designate physical pick locations on a digitized map of your facility directly in the software, with no need to add location labels or markers to your racking or shelves.
The new Wave Manager feature allows for simultaneous processing of both wave-based picking, as well as urgent or hot orders that need to be prioritized ahead of the current wave.
With the Pick Heatmap, warehouse managers can schedule different waves, change wave priorities, and track history to help with future reslotting.
Advanced fulfillment analytics enable leaderboard status of employees and teams by providing picking comparison metrics helping further improve worker productivity.
All of this is available from a single, unified view, enabling up to 3X productivity in your fulfillment operations.
By integrating your WMS or WES with the Fetch Cloud Robotics Platform, you can aggregate pick data across numerous orders and enable collaborative picking for faster fulfillment. The system determines the best-next-move for each human associate and mobile robot based on their real-time location, current tasks, and task priority.
Optimized order, batch, case, and pallet picking workflows can be further enhanced using vision, voice, or handheld devices.
Because the integrated system is dynamic and intelligent, new rush orders can take precedence over standard orders in the pick queue, and be instantly updated to the combined human and robot workforce. The system will identify the nearest available associate and robot to fulfill the order in the most efficient path possible.