The Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System (MFS) from Kiva Systems Inc. brings robotic technology to DC order fulfillment operations. The Kiva MFS employs hundreds of low-cost mobile robots to carry inventory shelving pods directly to operators, tripling the number of orders filled per person per hour. The system works as an automated storage and retrieval technology that brings any item to any operator, regardless of the breadth of inventory items. Operators stand at pick stations along the facility's perimeter, where they use an innovative pick-to-light/put-to-light process to select items and place them into the correct shipping container.
Operators also benefit from the modular design of the Kiva MFS, which means that a system can be installed in one day and re-configured as needed. This flexibility supports growing operations because it allows them to add capacity on very short planning cycles. The inventory pods accommodate a wide range of SKUs?from refrigerators to pens to shirts to plates?providing the flexibility to grow and adapt as business needs change.
Company: Kiva Systems
Company URL: www.kivasystems.com