Systems and methods for removing debris from warehouse floors

Utility Patent Grant (B1)

May 30, 2017

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Assignees: Amazon Technologies, Inc.

Inventors: Joseph Romano, Peter R. Wurman, Dennis Polic, Peter K. Mansfield

Robots or other machines may be used for retrieving errant objects from the floor of an automated warehouse. A system can include one or more reporting methods to alert a central control to the existence and location of an object on the warehouse floor. The central control can establish a safety zone around the object to avoid contact with normal warehouse traffic (e.g., standard warehouse robots). The system can route a cleanup robot to the location to retrieve the object. The system can include a cleanup pod comprising a convertible shelving unit with a robotic arm. The cleanup pod can have a similar form factor as shelving units used for storing inventory in the warehouse, thereby enabling standard warehouse robots to lift and transport the cleanup pod to retrieve an object.