DHL and technology group Wärtsilä have piloted Fetch Robotics’ mobile robots. The test took place in Wärtsilä’s central distribution centre in Kampen, the Netherlands, which is run by DHL.
“Our colleagues took center stage during the trial. The robots are designed to work alongside employees and to relieve them from physically strenuous tasks,” said Denis Niezgoda, Robotics Accelerator Lead, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “The robots alone took over a walking distance of more than 30 kilometers per day, thereby increasing productivity and safety within the warehouse working environment.”
Anne Träskbäck, general manager, parts delivery at Wärtsilä Services: “The pilot was a success and, as a result, we have decided to continue exploring and developing new applications of smart mobile robot technology. Over the coming months, we will continue to trial different robot types and technologies together with our partners to further improve productivity, quality and safety in our operations.”
Melonee Wise, CEO at Fetch Robotics: “Our relationship with DHL is a great accomplishment. We were able to deploy our robots in the facility in a matter of days, rapidly improve on-site productivity, while increasing the safety of the warehouse employees.”