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Amazon Robotics formerly Kiva Systems is a Massachusetts-based company that manufactures mobile robotic fulfillment systems. To accomplish his vision, Mountz sought help from Peter Wurman and Raffaello D'Andreawho were experts in the area of engineering and robotics.
Traditionally, goods are moved around a distribution centre using a conveyor system or by human operated machines such as forklifts. When an order is entered into the Kiva database system, the software locates the closest automated guided vehicle bot to the item and directs it to retrieve it.
The mobile robots navigate around the warehouse by following a series of computerized barcode stickers on the floor. Each drive unit has a sensor that prevents it from colliding with others. When the drive unit reaches the target location, it slides underneath the pod and lifts it off the ground through a corkscrew action.
The robot then carries the pod to the specified human operator to pick the items. Kiva has two models of robots. The smaller model is approximately 2 feet by 2.
The larger model can carry pallets and loads as heavy as 3, pounds. The maximum velocity of a robot is 1. Kiva's relatively new approach to automated material handling systems for order fulfillment is gaining traction in eCommerce fulfillment, retail restocking, parts distribution and medical device distribution operations.
The system is much more efficient and accurate than the traditional method of having human workers traveling around the warehouse locating and picking items. Currently Amazon has 30, of the robots working in their warehouses. In MarchAmazon. At the time, this was Amazon's second largest acquisition in its history. Since the acquisition by Amazon, Kiva has remained silent. The company has not announced any new Kiva customers and have stopped their marketing activities.
Industry observers speculate that Amazon is focusing on internal operations and is not interested in sharing the technology with competitors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view.
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