SVT Robotics and Locus Robotics Team up to Hasten AMR Integration Into Fulfillment Centers

SVT's SOFTBOT platform to include a prebuilt connection to the Locus' autonomous mobile robots.

Locus Robotics

LocusBots are already in operation at Kenco.
SVT Robotics said its SOFTTBOT platform will enable rapid deployment of Locus Robotics' autonomous mobile robots for warehouses without custom code development.

SVT Robotics Inc. and Locus Robotics Corp. today announced that they have partnered to develop a prebuilt connection between SVT's SOFTBOT software and Locus' multi-robot offering. The companies said it will shorten the time and complexity for integrating Locus' autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, into fulfillment centers.

“Locus customers can now rapidly integrate and deploy Locus Robotics solutions without lengthy custom code development,” stated A.K. Schultz, CEO of SVT Robotics. “The connectivity from the SOFTBOT Platform to LocusBots technology enables warehouses to fully integrate Locus AMRs in just a matter of days to begin optimizing their productivity and efficiency much more quickly.”

Founded in 2018, SVT Robotics said its SOFTBOT platform can connect with warehouse management systems (WMSes) and integrate robotic picking, among other applications. The Norfolk, Va.-based company raised $25 million in Series A funding in November 2021.

Locus looks to quickly integrate AMRs

“Fast and seamless WMS integration is a key element in Locus’ ability to deploy quickly and flexibly in both existing and greenfield warehouses,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “SVT’s expertise in integrating the Locus solution with all WMS platforms will help us deliver even faster ROI [return on investment] for our customers and drive the digital transformation of today’s fulfillment warehouse.”

Wilmington, Mass.-based Locus Robotics said its AMRs can collaborate with human workers, doubling or tripling productivity of both outbound fulfillment (picking) and inbound (putaway/replenishment) piece handling in comparison with traditional systems. The LocusBots can also reduce labor recruitment, training, and retention costs, claimed the company.

Locus said its AMRs enables brands, retailers, third-party logistics providers (3PLs), and specialty warehouses to meet increasing customer demand for e-commerce, omnichannel, and manufacturing order fulfillment. Its AMRs are integrated with its LocusOne warehouse orchestration system and are available through a robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model.

Manhattan Associates last week named Locus Robotics the winner of its “Distribution Services Partner of the Year” award. Yesterday, Locus, an IFOY nominee, expanded its Locus Origin product line by adding heavier-payload capability for new use cases.

SVT satisfies need for speed

“Kenco’s collaboration with SVT and Locus Robotics has made deploying autonomous mobile robots seamless, significantly easier, and faster,” said Kristi Montgomery, vice president for innovation and research and development at Kenco Group.

“As we add robotics to additional sites, being able to be up and running in weeks versus months is a critical growth factor to enable delivery of high productivity for all of our customers,” she said.

Both companies will have booths at Automate 2022, which the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is hosting in Detroit from June 6 to 9. At Booth 632, SVT Robotics will host live demonstrations of end-to-end integrations in just 15 minutes, while at Booth 4932, Locus will feature live order-picking and putaway demos.

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LocusBots are already in operation at Kenco.

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