Axiomtek Announces Collaboration with Alert Innovation for Industry-First Alphabot® System - Designed for Walmart’s Automated Online Grocery Storage and Fulfillment

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Axiomtek has been selected by Alert Innovation as a hardware solution partner for the invention of the Alphabot®, the industry-first robotic system commissioned by Walmart for use as their automated online grocery storage and fulfillment system.

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Axiomtek is proud to announce their successful and continuing partnership and collaboration with Alert Innovation, the company Walmart has entrusted with their quest to revolutionize the retail industry by leveraging advancements in robotics technology to automate their grocery operations. Alert Innovation has developed the Alphabot system, a highly efficient, “first-of-its-kind” Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that is also an Automated Each-Picking System (AEPS). Axiomtek’s embedded computers and SMARC System on Modules (SOMs) were Alert Innovation’s computing platforms of choice. Axiomtek rose above offerings from six other leading industrial computer companies in Alert Innovation’s selection matrix that weighed factors such as quality, support, performance, interfaces offered, scalability, cost, ease of use and ruggedness. The rigorous evaluation showcased Alert Innovation’s commitment to quality, reliability and their commitment to the successful deployment of the Alphabot system.

Alert Innovation has been working closely with Axiomtek’s Eastern region business unit, Axiomtek Systems. For a period of almost two years prior to the announcement of an Alphabot pilot test in a Walmart Supercenter, the Axiomtek team worked alongside Alert Innovation’s engineering team, helping to identify and customize products for Alert’s use, participating in schematic reviews and supporting driver development to ensure seamless integration. Since then, Axiomtek has continued to invest in and support the Alert Innovation Alphabot system’s mission. A number of products have been tailored to balance performance and cost effectiveness, mitigate the challenges associated with refrigerated and frozen environments by adding conformal coatings and integrate application-specific interfaces.

“It’s all about creating a dramatically better grocery shopping experience for consumers and a dramatically more efficient and effective store for the retailer,” said John Lert, CEO of Alert Innovation. “We are able to solve many problems all at once with the Alphabot system. The system is highly scalable and flexible to meet increase or decrease in demands with high efficiency level. It eliminates waste and offers near-perfect inventory accuracy and traceability.”

The Alert team recognizes Axiomtek for their business ethics and customer-centric approach. “Axiomtek has been our leading embedded computing supplier from day one,” said Matthew Coady, Senior Director of Electrical Engineering and Controls. “We chose them because their products and team consistently met our stringent project requirements, delivering quality, performance, support and all the features our applications required. The SMARC SOM that we selected fits in our space-constrained application and helped us come to market quickly. If (and when) our application needs more processing power, memory or storage, Axiomtek has a range of products in their portfolio and roadmap that will help keep our hardware platform viable for many years to come. Axiomtek was quick to provide us with a BSP for our QNX operating system, and carrier integration support. For us, engineering and account support were among our top considerations and the Axiomtek team’s attentive customer service has been critical to our success. Their engineering and R&D teams offer expertise and support to help us overcome our challenges and realize our goals.”

Axiomtek and Alert Innovation plan to continue the collaboration and create more synergies through the two companies’ strengths to expand Walmart’s Alphabot system deployment throughout the world. For more information, please visit us.axiomtek.com or contact us at solutions@axiomtek.com.

About Axiomtek Co., Ltd

Axiomtek Co., Ltd. established in 1990, is one of the world's leading designers/manufacturers of industrial computer products. Axiomtek designs and manufactures a wide range of industrial computer solutions such as single board computers, embedded systems, IoT gateway devices, touch panel computers for different industries including transportation, medical, industrial automation, energy, digital signage, network appliances, gaming and retail/POS/Kiosks.

Axiomtek USA headquarters is located in City of Industry, Calif. Established in 1994, the subsidiary incorporates product integration, logistics and a wide range of services including design assistance. Axiomtek Systems in Methuen, MA, the company’s Eastern regional headquarters, has added a high level of expertise on COTS integration and design engineering, and a variety of value-added services to Axiomtek USA’s comprehensive suite of capabilities.

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