FORT MILL, SC | Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced a strategic collaboration with Fetch Robotics this morning in its press conference at Pack Expo. The collaboration will provide distribution centers with autonomous mobile robots to help them more effectively fulfill growing volumes of e-commerce orders.
The initiative enables Honeywell customers to increase productivity and boost efficiency by deploying Fetch Robotics’ autonomous mobile robotics, which operate safely alongside people to transport items through distribution centers without human guidance of fixed paths.
“As staffing challenges and the continued growth of online shopping are pressuring supply chains, robotics can be an effective solution to help make large, integrated distribution centers more efficient,” explained Pieter Krynauw, president of Honeywell Integrated.
Fetch Robotics offers a range of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that use a combination of LiDAR and 3D cameras – similar to self-driving technology – to navigate unpredictable warehouse environments. In the event of an obstacle, these robots can adjust routes in real time.
Companies are increasingly turning to robotics to gain a competitive advantage in the supply chain, with adoption expected to rise from 34 percent to 73 percent over the next five years, according to a survey in the 2018 Material Handling Institute’s annual report.