In a recent study by Deloitte, over 50% of skilled manufacturing jobs (like welding, machine operations etc.) are left unfilled, so ensuring the skilled workers you have remain productive with the right materials to do their job effectively is critical. If you’ve implemented work cells in your facility, it’s likely you’re already looking at the teachings of ‘lean manufacturing’ and are working to minimize waste, decrease errors, and increase productivity. Though the work cells themselves can be highly productive, if they don’t have the right materials the production process will stop. Most work cell replenishment workflows rely on employees moving carts of materials throughout your facility to and from your work cells, which is an unproductive (and sometimes unsafe) use of time that can also result in production delays if materials are not delivered on time.
Fully connected AMRs transform isolated manufacturing cells into fully automated, integrated production lines enabling you to produce higher quality products at reduced costs. AMRs can automatically bring carts of goods to your work cells and between your work cells automatically through pull-based integration with manufacturing systems. Your workers do not have to leave their stations and you don’t need to change your facility.
AMRs can also be tasked from network-connected buttons, handheld scanners, sensors, and mobile devices and a robot will bring a cart or flow rack of materials directly to the work cell from raw materials storage or move subassemblies between work cells. If there is an empty cart, the robot can also return that to the restocking stations for future replenishment requests.
FetchCore is our cloud-based application for deploying, operating, and optimizing our entire portfolio of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) for material handling automation and data collection.
Monitor your entire Fetch Robotics AMR fleet across multiple warehouse and manufacturing environments, customize and schedule robot tasks, and gain actionable insights all within an app that runs on any web device with a compatible browser. With FetchCore, robots can begin operating in just hours – not days, weeks, or months.