Fortna Announces the Successful Integration of FortnaWES™ to Robotic Solutions that Provide Flexible, Scalable Options for Distribution Operations

READING, PA (December 11, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that 2018 has been a year of successful initiatives to integrate flexible, scalable autonomous robotic solutions with the world-class FortnaWES™ warehouse execution system, allowing faster implementation times for distribution Clients.

In an on-going commitment to innovation, the Fortna R&D team has successfully integrated robotic solutions with FortnaWES™ to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume distribution centers in today’s omnichannel environment. Demand for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) has grown exponentially in recent years as realized benefits include reduced labor costs, increased worker productivity and increased safety when handling heavy loads. Fortna has been on the forefront of solution development with a hardware-agnostic approach that enables its Clients to implement the most appropriate technology for their unique business requirements regardless of supplier.

“This year, Fortna’s continuous innovation efforts focused on integrating industry-leading robotic technology with science-backed work flow software algorithms to drive impactful business results for our Clients,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “Various types of robotic solutions, integrated with FortnaWES™, reduce implementation time for distribution Clients who must respond quickly to labor challenges, market demands and rapidly evolving customer fulfillment requirements.”

One recent goods-to-person solution for a large specialty retailer uses bots to efficiently move large, heavy totes to packing stations, reducing the labor requirements. Another solution implemented for a large industrial distributor automated pallet movement from receiving to storage which resulted in a 30% increase in productivity, as well as 5-10% labor savings and safety improvements.

For more information about compelling business case justified applications for bots Fortna’s resource library includes articles like, “7 Truths about the Business Case for Collaborative Picking Robots” and “Bots Will Transform Your Distribution Operations – But It’s Probably Not the Way You Think.”

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