IAM Robotics Redesigns, Expands Swift System for Mobile Fulfillment

Source: IAM Robotics

April 07, 2019      

PITTSBURGH – IAM Robotics today announced extending its Swift robot solution for e-commerce fulfillment operations by adding conveyor integration and a new transport robot that works with the Swift to exchange full or empty totes. The company plans to show the new offering at this week’s ProMat 2019 event in Chicago, April 8-11.

For the past three years, the company has demonstrated advances in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) at the ProMat and Modex events. “This year, IAM continues to push those boundaries by introducing extended capabilities to the Swift Solution for the logistics industry in grocery, health and beauty, pharmaceuticals, and consumer-packaged goods,” the company said in a statement.

The new design for Swift includes a sleeker look with a smoother lift, and is available with either a fixed tote or an integrated motorized drive roller (MDR) for automatic tote transfer, IAM Robotics said. An adjustable carriage can match the height of a facility’s existing conveyor infrastructure for easier integration.

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A graphic from IAM Robotics shows the benefits of adding the new Bolt robot to an existing Swift solution. Source: IAM Robotics

The new transport robot, named Bolt, is aimed to improve the throughput and return on investment of Swift by exchanging totes with Swift, delivering the full tote to the next process in the fulfillment cycle, such as packing and shipping. By leveraging Bolt for transportation, the company said that Swift can remain focused on picking.

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Joel Reed, IAM Robotics president and CEO

“With the growing demands in e-commerce, the logistics industry is looking for autonomous robotic solutions that provide flexibility in their operational planning and execution,” said Joel Reed, CEO of IAM Robotics. “IAM is responding to these operational challenges by providing advanced innovative solutions in autonomous navigation, material selection and handling, and tote transport and transfer.”

ProMat attendees can visit booth S4679 at ProMat to experience the Swift system during the show.

About IAM Robotics

IAM Robotics, founded in 2012, is one of the leaders in the flexible autonomous robotic material handling space for e-commerce order fulfillment and material handling in logistics and manufacturing. The company’s Swift Product Suite provides companies with a robotic solution to address existing labor shortages, accelerate e-commerce environments, and changing consumer expectations.

The company, one of the RBR50 2018 award winners, raised $20 million in new funding in November 2018. It also teamed up with global logistics provider DB Schenker to bring the robotics technology into its operations. More recently, the company announced a collaboration with TREW to integrate robotics into the material handling and order fulfillment operations.

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