Our robot overlords have arrived to make forklift drivers obsolete. Meet Freight500 and its big brother Freight1500. These heavy lifting machines are fresh out the labs of Fetch Robotics, a California-based startup that designs warehouse robots. The wheeled platforms are designed to safely move heavy payloads in warehouse environments. For example, the Amazon fulfillment center where your order of toothpaste is processed.
Freight500 handles loads up to 500-kilograms, and it’s still small enough to fit through doorways. If 500-kilograms isn’t enough for the job, there’s the beefier Freight1500 which is designed for larger loads up to 1500-kilograms. Each robot is outfitted with a slew of sensors, LIDAR and 3D cameras, for maximum safety in work environments.
Once loaded, the robots find their way around the warehouse, maneuvering around obstacles and yielding to human workers. Each robot will run loads 9 hours at a time before needing a quick 1-hour recharge.
Fetch Robotics is on deck at the ProMat 2017, an annual supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution trade show held in Chicago. If you happen to run a large-sized warehouse in need of some automation, you can reach out to Fetch Robotics here.
Source/Image: Fetch Robotics