February 01, 2013      

Besides being a crowd pleaser at Automate 2013, Adept Technology?s new Lynx mobile robot is sleek, compact and ready to take on flexible manufacturing?s navigational challenges.

“Unlike traditional autonomously guided vehicles (AGVs), Lynx requires no facility modifications, such as floor magnets or navigational beacons, saving users up to 15% in deployment costs,” said Rush LaSelle, vice president and general manager of mobile robots for Adept Technology.

The vehicle employs Adept’s advanced and industry tested Motivity? suite of software and controls, allowing it to intelligently navigate around people and unplanned obstacles, which normally stop AGVs short.

Using MobilePlanner? mapping software, Lynx can operate like a taxi?starting from anywhere and moving to another point via the best route.

The Lynx AIV supports payloads up to 60kg. It maintains a 13 hour run time and 3.5 hour recharge time, with power managed autonomously via a recharging dock. The robot reaches a maximum speed of about 4 mph and has a turning radius of zero degrees thanks to differential steering.

Lynx demonstrates not only intelligent navigation, but intelligent communication capabilities. The circular panels on the sides of the robot are backed by LEDs that can be programmed to indicate the robot?s behavior. Additionally, Lynx can be programmed to respond to voice and audio prompts.

Manufacturing, warehousing, clean technologies, and healthcare are but a few industries already realizing attractive returns on invested capital through the use of mobile robots from Adept. Here are just a few of the application areas in those markets that could benefit from a Lynx fleet.


  • Line-side replenishment
  • Conveyor or overhead replacement
  • LEAN operation enablement
  • Cleantech:

  • Smart robotic arms with no FIFO/FILO constraints
  • Smart sensor / RFID capatible
  • Reduces contamination
  • Intralogistics / Warehousing / Distribution:

  • Random-in/random-out (RIRO)
  • Full traceability of goods moved
  • Scalability; add to or remove from fleet as needed
  • Healthcare:

  • Transport security
  • Path-planning in trafficked areas
  • Improved nursing and clinician efficiency