SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kindred, an AI and robotics company that builds human-like intelligence in machines, today announced that it has integrated its robotic solutions with Manhattan Associates’ market-leading Warehouse Management System (WMS).
Manhattan announced yesterday that it is adding Warehouse Execution System (WES) capabilities to its WMS to streamline integration with automated solutions like Kindred’s SORT. Equipped with this new WES functionality, Manhattan customers will be able to seamlessly manage order batch flow through SORT, the first reinforcement learning robot in production that sorts multi-SKU batches.
“Partnerships between robotics vendors and applications companies, like this one between Kindred and Manhattan, are incredibly valuable in delivering successful deployments of robots in non-traditional applications,” says John Santagate, research director for Service Robotics at IDC.
Kindred and Manhattan are demonstrating their combined solution this week at Manhattan’s Momentum Conference in Hollywood, Florida. In the demo, Manhattan’s WMS senses real-time system capacity and directs work to the Kindred SORT robot based on factors like item type, handling requirements, congestion, and machine learning-driven task duration estimates. Kindred will also be demoing how SORT uses a combination of reinforcement learning and supervised learning to quickly and accurately sort batches for order fulfillment and store replenishment.
“SORT arrives at our customers’ warehouses pre-trained and able to adapt easily to each customer’s unique inventory profile. It was an easy decision for us to integrate with Manhattan, a partner that is equally as dedicated to customizing the warehouse fulfillment process,” said Jim Liefer, CEO of Kindred. “We look forward to providing Manhattan customers with a seamless way to integrate robotic solutions in their warehouses.”
“We are pleased to partner with Kindred to illustrate our ability to orchestrate work across man and machine,” said Adam Kline, senior director of Product Management, Manhattan Associates. “The fact that we were able to get their robot to work with our WMS this quickly is testament to the power and flexibility of these two products.”
Integration with Kindred will be available immediately upon release of Manhattan Warehouse Management for Open Systems 2018.