Invited Keynote

Micro Fulfillment Centers (MFC)

Mr. Shay Cohen

"Fabric” co-founder

Abstract

Micro Fulfillment Centers (MFC) are being developed in order to get closer to customers, shorten the delivery time and reduce delivery expenses. Fabric, established in 2015, developed a robotic based MFC. The solution uses a Lift robot to retrieve a tote from the shelving unit and a Ground robot to move it within the area. A fleet of hundreds of robots, managed by Warehouse Control System (WCS), enables the fulfillment of multiple item orders in a few minutes. The robot uses a LiIon battery pack and is controlled over a WIFI communication system. A robotic arm, developed to replace the human operator, is already operational and reduces labour costs in the MFC.

  Shay is a co-founder of Fabric and leads all hardware, manufacturing, and deployment activities. Before co-founding Fabric, Shay served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Intelligence Technology Unit of the Israel Defense Forces where he managed hundreds of experts. Shay has led the development of multidisciplinary systems and complex projects, for which he received the prestigious Israel Defense prize. Shay holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ben Gurion University, a Master of Science in Biomechanics from Delaware University, and an MBA from the Tel Aviv University.

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