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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Amazon Autonomous Warehouse Robotics

Advances in Amazon Warehouse robotics to improve safety and operations. Note includes autonomous operation.

Amazon Details Warehouse Robots, 'Ernie' and 'Bert'

CNBC, Lauren Feiner, June 13, 2021

Retail giant Amazon is testing new robots designed to reduce worker stress and potential for injury. An Amazon blog post said the test involves four robots programmed to move items across warehouses, in close proximity to workers. Ernie helps remove items from a robotic shelf; Amazon said testing indicates it could improve worker safety. Bert is one of Amazon's first independently navigating Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), which the company said can function safely even when moving among employees who also are in motion. Two more robots currently under development, Scooter and Kermit, are cart-transporting AMRs that Amazon said could move empty packages across warehouses, allowing workers to concentrate on less-strenuous tasks that involve critical thinking.  ... ' 

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