Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)
What you need to know about autonomous mobile robots
E-commerce changed logistics and supply chain operations drastically. Nowadays, logistics processes have to adapt to the fast pace of digital processes and address the challenges in today’s logistics operations in numerous ways.
An autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is a robotic vehicle which is used to improve the efficiency of logistics and supply chain operations. Through on-board sensors, artificial intelligence and maps – an autonomous mobile robot is able to interpret the environment of warehouses and ensures enhanced safety for workers and simultaneously increases the flexibility / productivity of supply chain operations.
AMRs are used in numerous industries and are able to avoid obstructions and navigate autonomously. While the first autonomous mobile robots were expensive, nowadays AMrs are becoming more user friendly, reliable and affordable for multiple industries.
While order preparation can be one of the most expensive activities in supply chain, AMRs enable industries to significantly reduce travel times from area A to B.
can be used in different use cases
– Transporting products and freights in warehouses
– Assist human work during picking processes
– Facilitation of sorting
In which industries autonomous mobil robots are used
Food and beverages
How to autonomous mobile robots move?
While AGVs are guided by magnetic strips or wires, AMRs are able to navigate autonomously through maps. Those maps are either saved through pre-loaded facility drawings or are constructed by software through built-in laser scanners.
The difference between AMRs with inbuilt-laser scanners and pre-loaded facility-drawings
AMRs with in-built laser scanners (LGV) detect obstacles through direct laser triangulation reflectors. While moving from route A to B it scans the environment and autonomously detects stops or obstacles. On warehouse floors, AMRs are able to communicate with the back-end wirelessly, using their sensors to learn the environment of their location.
AMRs with pre-loaded-facility drawings are able to detect obstacles with pre- loaded information about environment and stops. Autonomously it is able to choose alternative routes to avoid A and reach B through mapped red zones to avoid.
Caja Robots are controlled by cloud-based, decentralized software, running multilayered advanced algorithms. Our robots communicate with the back-end wirelessly, using their sensors to learn their location.
The advantages of autonomous mobile robots
Nowadays warehouses have to adapt to fast moving supply chain operations. AMRs are able to optimize the adaptability, scalability and responsibility of modern warehouses. Through advanced robotics and 4D navigation Caja Robots are specialized to optimize warehouses. AMRs are able to reduce personal costs and simultaneously increase the productivity of workers. This enables industries to fulfill more orders and fewer errors of order preparations.
In additions, autonomous mobile robots do increase the safety of warehouse workers through process physically demanding tasks.