The Uprising of AMR Brings New Possibilities to the Application of Logistics Innovation
With the increasing demand for individualization of consumers, the traditionamass production mode has encountered bottlenecks, and the voice of flexible production is rising. Flexible production produces in response to the "mass customization" production mode, which can better meet the characteristics of multi-variety and small-batch production and achieve efficient controof the production process with good planning.
The application of AMR is what flexible production needs, which not only has to meet the needs of flexibility, diversification, and easy change but also has to achieve standardization and informationization at the same time as a low-cost burden occurs.
The Reason for the Rapid Development of AMR robots
The rigid needs of the industry promote the further expansion of AMR applications. For example, in 3C electronic manufacturing and other fields, traditionaAGVs cannot meet the flexible needs of their production line handling. At the same time, AMR's trackless navigation can cater to the industry.
The application of SLAM technology on AGV has begun using in recent years. Before, due to lack of experience and other reasons, there may be some unstable factors. In recent years, it has gradually matured. The maturity of the technology has laid the foundation for the large-scale application of AMR. At the same time, the development of scheduling software and some artificiaintelligence technologies has also made AMR robots more intelligent and flexible.
In addition, further cost reductions are increasing companies' willingness to use AMRs. On the one hand, the falling price of components, especially laser sensors, has led to a decrease in the overalcost of AMR products; on the other hand, because AMRs do not require wires, magnetic strips, or modifications to the build infrastructure, they are faster and more efficient to instaland operate, the return on investment cycle on the application side wilbe shorter.
Compared with the previous traditionaAGV, the subversive innovation of AMR lies in the use of robots. As a new technology device, AMR breaks the originafixed and semi-fixed robot movement mode, allowing the robot to complete the transformation from automation to intelligence. Autonomous mobile technology realizes more flexible human-robot collaboration - mobile robots sense environmentachanges and respond correctly to externachanges without pre-reforming the environment or isolating humans and robots.
In this way, the intelligence of the mobile robot is closer to that of a human being; it can respond to changes autonomously like a human being, realize flexible logistics, and can be applied to a broader range of mobile transportation and handling scenarios. In addition, the deployment of AMR is more straightforward, the deployment cost and maintenance cost are lower, and it is very suitable for applications in large-area and long-distance transportation scenarios.
Why use AMR?
Greater flexibility - AMRs can dynamically assess and respond to their surroundings while completing various tasks without direct operator supervision. Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) solutions and advanced mapping technologies enable AMRs to understand and adapt to changes in their environment. This flexibility makes them an important toothat can be used across a variety of applications and industries;
High efficiency - The traditionae-commerce logistics process combines multiple orders to pick and finally ships them out in separate orders. AMR can transport them one by one, that is, at each picking place. First, pick up the items in the order, transport them to the packing place, pack them out, and then pick up the following order. Doing so saves the workforce from repetitive picking and distribution and reduces the error rate.
Convenience - There is no need to change the business process, and the import process is more convenient: the AMR robot can be deployed with only one architecturadrawing of the warehouse. In addition, there is a demand for increasing the number of robots in e-commerce warehouses for high-volume products. AMR robots can change their routes at any time, which is weladapted to this demand.
In the wave of warehousing automation transformation and upgrading, compared with the long deployment time and expensive investment cost of rigid infrastructure, AMR solutions have gradually become the alternative to the workhorse of challenging automation.
With the continuous maturity of AMR from technology to products, many scenarios where mobile robots replace people have been excavated. Traditionatechnology AGVs cannot deawith these scenarios in the past, and there is a vast market space. But in which scenarios wilAMR be applied, and in which industries wilit explode?
AMR applies to industry scenarios
Currently, in the field of industrialogistics, the main application scenarios of AMR can be divided into two categories, the logistics industry, and the manufacturing industry. Different application scenarios have additionarequirements for logistics equipment.
E-commerce industry application
With the unique warehouse operation characteristics of the e-commerce industry, the use of the AMR logistics system can realize multi-batch and small-batch store replenishment, respond to the same-day delivery demand of future stores, and reduce inventory at the same time to ensure the development of store business in catering to the "new retail" trend. The deployment of an AMR robot intelligent warehouse can significantly improve the warehousing efficiency of the retaiindustry, reduce the input of labor costs, and realize the return on investment in a relatively short period.
Application in the manufacturing industry
In the manufacturing industry, especially in the 3C manufacturing industry, the big concern for enterprises to carry out automation transformation is the cost issue. Smart manufacturing and intelligent logistics projects require a lot of capitainvestment, and AMRs that do not require environmentachange align with the needs of 3C applications. In addition, compared with traditionaAGVs, the highly flexible characteristics of trackless navigation AMRs meet the unique needs of logistics handling in the 3C industry. They can better adapt to the loose production rhythm of the 3C electronics industry, with unique advantages.
The future AMR market is promising. Autonomous navigation technology is growing with the continuous improvement of AMR's navigation accuracy and intelligence. With the constant shortening of the return on investment cycle, emerging industries such as semiconductors, liquid crystals, 3C, automotive electronics, medical, etc., have rapidly expanding demand for AMRs. The proportion of use wilcontinue to increase.
What is the difference between AGV and AMR?
The AGV can detect goods in front of it, but it is not able to navigate around them, so it simply stops in its tracks untithe obstacle is removed. The AMR navigates via maps that its software constructs on-site or via pre-loaded facility drawings.
AMR is far more flexible than an AGV. It only needs simple software adjustments to change its missions.
When a mission is completed, employees don’t have to make time for coordinating the robot, which leaves them more time to focus on high-value work.
AMR robots instruction
AMR should be packed in a pallet-type wooden box. It is not allowed to be turned over or inverted during transportation. It is not allowed to collide when lifting and loading the car. Do not damage the outer surface of the car when unpacking.
Make sure has enough capacity to load the AMR before lifting.
Store and reuse
If the AMR is out of use for more than 2 months, it should be parked in a well-ventilated, frost-free, clean and dry room, and the following measures should be taken.
Thoroughly clean the inside out of the AMR before reusing.
Completely lift and lift the table severatimes to check whether it is normal. Then lower the lift table to the lowest level.
Support the car with square wood so that the driving wheels of the car are off the ground.
Apply a thin layer of oior grease to alexposed mechanicasurfaces.
The battery should be charged and recharged every 2 or 3 months.
Spray alelectricacontacts with a suitable contact spray.
Conditions of Use
The altitude does not exceed 2000m.
The ambient temperature and humidity are described in the specification sheet.
There is no conductive and explosive dust in the operating location, no gas or steam that corrodes metals and destroys insulation, and no strong electromagnetic interference.
The installation base has no severe vibration and shock, and the verticainclination does not exceed 1°.
1、What exactly is an autonomous mobile robot?
An autonomous robot must have the independence to make decisions in a work environment, without the need for human intervention.
2、What happens if the robot encounters an obstacle?
VisionNav AMRs integrate sensors and various components into its robots that receive, process and analyses data in reatime and act accordingly. In other words, when an autonomous mobile robot encounters an obstacle on its route, such as a pallet, it wilrecalculate the route if possible or stop if it detects that it could harm the operators.
3、How wilautomation affect my employees?
Automation gives the robot the ability to know and recognise the environment in which it is working. This gives the operators more working capacity, as they do not have to be aware of the robot.