Business, technological, and social drivers, as well as the Covid pandemic, have had an accelerative effect on the mobile robotics sector, particularly for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Deployments are up and increasing rapidly, and you can expect more of the same in the future.
Engineering firm breaks up large paint process into smaller steps to reduce rigidity.
Dual drive wheels also allow for lateral movement and rotation in place.
Oceaneering specializes in providing mission-critical mobile robotics solutions for material handling applications involving vehicle fleets deployed globally in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.
Seegrid Corp.’s Subway Platform displays the estimated arrival time of vision-guided vehicles and can also collect data to help make management of VGV fleets safer and more efficient.
OmnicO AGV is developing a mobile manufacturing platform delivery system. We are testing our newly developed mobile omni-directional autonomous guided vehicle with wireless navigation. We are targeting one-off component manufacturing. Our navigation technology allows rapid re-routing of navigation pathways. Wheel system provides zero turning radius.
ABB, a key supplier of industrial robots, extends its offering portfolio to include AMRs and AGVs. Other industrial automation providers – and not limited only to robotics suppliers – are sure to follow suit.
Accerion’s Triton sensing technology for mobile robots and automated guided vehicles delivers sub-millimeter localization accuracy within operating environments, but the system does not require navigation infrastructure such as QR markers, tape, magnets laser reflectors or extra Lidar features.
Autonomous mobile robots, along with the first commercial autonomous mobile manipulation robots, can be used to automate many DC and warehouse tasks. They also enable whole news ways of executing warehouse operations, which in turn are increasing the resiliency and flexibility of supply chain workflows.
The new ANSI/RIA R15.08-1-2020 (R15.08) standard for mobile robots provides updated, and formalized, definitions for AGVs, AMRs and other mobile robotics types. The revised definitions are critical for the proper application of R15.08, and as such it is critical that both users and developers of industrial mobile robots take note.
Retailers and 3PLs are rapidly adopting a wide range of automation technologies – including robotics – to improve the operational efficacy and efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers. The primary demand driver is e-commerce.
The next production revolution will be a boon for a global economy that is sputtering and experiencing lagging growth and investment. This new technology wave should lead to a virtuous cycle of increased investment, higher productivity, more spending, and more investment.
Waypoint’s easy to use and intuitive autonomous mobile robots can be set up and operating in under 15 minutes.
While the number of transactions involving robotics companies has held steady through this year, the total value in November 2020 was half of that in November 2019.
Artificial intelligence (AI) can improve many operational aspects of AGVs and AMRs, and increase worker satisfaction. As such, AI must be a fundamental building block in robotics design and harnessed by management.
As application opportunities increase, the mobile robotics sector continues to expand rapidly, with funding to start-ups continuing, and larger established technology companies, including AGV suppliers, entering the market with solutions developed in-house or acquired. As standardization and commoditization looms, companies emphasize SW, RaaS and specialization as differentiators.
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) deployments are up substantially, with more to come. As the technology has proven to deliver business value, many new adopters are skipping long term pilot projects and moving directly to partial or full roll-outs.
China has witnessed significant robotics sales and investment in 2020, a continuation of an earlier pattern. Still, young Chinese robotics companies face many challenges including a price sensitive domestic market, relatively low labor wages, trade conflicts and geopolitical tensions.
Market research and consultancy firm Interact Analysis estimates that worldwide revenues for mobile robots will reach US $2.4B in 2020, representing a 45% increase for AMRs and 11% for AGVs over 2019. But that is only the beginning.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) have proven to increase the productivity and reduce the cost of warehouse automation operations. While the costs of AMRs continue to drop, even as their capabilities increase, there are often hidden, and sizable, costs associated with their deployment. Here’s what to look for, and how to mitigate their impact.
In June 2020, investment and acquisition activity picked up a bit for autonomous vehicles, mobile robots, healthcare systems, and industrial automation.