Honeywell and Hai Robotics are teaming up to deliver flexible, high-density storage and retrieval solutions to distribution centers (DCs).
Hai Robotics’ autonomous case- and tote-handling mobile robotics (ACR) solutions, which automate item storage and retrieval and make the warehouse put-away and picking processes more efficient, will be integrated with Honeywell’s Momentum Warehouse Execution Software. This will enable DC operators to analyze real-time operating information across a DC and prioritize and redirect work as it is performed by both robotic systems and people, enabling reduced costs and greater customer service levels.
“Companies face high costs for warehouse space, continued labor shortages and pressure to deliver goods quickly,” said Keith Fisher, president of Honeywell Intelligrated. “This automated solution allows them to maximize space in their existing facilities, increase productivity and best use their workforce. The combination of Honeywell and Hai Robotics delivers faster time-to-value than most traditional material handling storage and retrieval solutions, providing greater flexibility to meet changing demand and reducing execution risk for our customers.”
The ACR solutions use guided robots capable of reaching up to 32ft high. These systems condense the required footprint to store goods and can operate within existing brownfield DC and warehouse sites, as well as in the back of retail stores for micro-fulfilment.
The ACR solutions store a variety of cases, totes, moving pallets and shelves, and can support e-commerce, automotive, third-party logistics and manufacturing operations. Hai robots can increase productivity by achieving typical throughput rates of approximately 500 pieces per hour, compared to 100-250 per hour without the use of robotics.
“Honeywell’s 30+ years of experience in supply chain automation technology development and deployment, robotics integration expertise and ability to complement our ACR technology through powerful software and support services make them an ideal partner for our company,” said Brian Reinhart, chief revenue officer at Hai Robotics.