Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from Linde Material HandlingSmart speedsters
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are becoming increasingly important in modern intralogistics. The driverless platform trucks are used for automated or partially automated goods transport and thereby noticeably increase efficiency in warehouses and logistics hotspots. With their low heights, they pass under transport racks and trolleys, or lift pallets from transfer racks, taking them to the defined destination independently. They detect and avoid any obstacles en route themselves. AMRs either use QR codes attached to the floor or laser-assisted natural feature navigation as orientation. With the autonomous C-MATIC and C-MATIC HP guided carts, Linde Material Handling offers compact AMR models for automated material flow.
Efficient material transport by autonomous mobile robots
Intralogistics today is increasingly characterised by standardised processes, whereby goods are always transported back to precise positions by means of short and medium-length routes. Autonomous mobile robots increase the efficiency of these processes significantly. They take over repetitive transport tasks from employees, shorten routes on foot (‘Goods to Person’ principle), increase handling capacity, and minimise error and accident rates. Thanks to their compactness and manoeuvrability, they take up no more space than the transported load, and they can also move efficiently in tight spaces. They can easily be integrated into existing processes and work seamlessly together with other automated components in the warehouse.
Always on the move: potential applications for AMRs
Depending on the model, autonomous mobile robots can move loads of up to 1500 kilograms per transport journey. The load can be picked up together with trolleys that can be driven under and set down anywhere in the room. Transport between static reloading stations or conveyor belts is also possible. Thanks to modern safety technology, AMRs can also be used in busy warehouse environments and heavily used loading zones. Various sensors monitor the entire truck surroundings at all times, in order to prevent collisions and ensure safe movement. Autonomous mobile robots are therefore able to work together with people and other trucks with ease, even in very tight spaces.
Advantages of AMR solutions at a glance
- Load-bearing capacity of up to 1500 kilograms
- Compact and versatile
- Transports different load carriers
- Effortless integration into existing processes
- Maintenance-free lithium-ion technology
- Mixed operation possible
Autonomous double pack: AMR from Linde Material Handling
With the C-MATIC and the C-MATIC HP, Linde Material Handling offers two autonomous mobile robots with different primary uses.
Safe, robust, efficient: The properties of the AMR models from Linde
The autonomous mobile robots from Linde are compact yet powerful vehicle solutions with which warehouse processes can be fully or partially automated. Here is an overview of the key product properties.
The ideal product for every task: AMR special equipment for perfect warehouse processes
Depending on the area of use and requirements, various special equipment is available for the autonomous mobile robots from Linde.
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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about autonomous mobile robots
What are autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)?
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are intelligent, driverless vehicles. They record their working environment and can navigate within it independently. They are suitable for the automation or partial automation of standardised processes in goods transport, increasing efficiency in warehouses and logistics centres.
How do autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) work?
An autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is able to transport goods from A to B without human intervention. Depending on the model, AMRs use different types of technology as a guide, such as track-guided navigation by means of QR codes or laser-assisted natural feature navigation. Autonomous mobile robots are generally designed as compact platform trucks. Thanks to their low heights, they can pass directly under transport racks and trolleys, or lift pallets from transfer racks, taking them to the defined destination independently.
Where are autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) used?
Generally, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are used primarily in logistics and in industrial environments to automate delivery and transport processes. Depending on the model, they can move loads of between 600 and 1500 kilograms. They can even be used in mixed operation, whereby they are involved in complex processes alongside people and other vehicles.
When is an AMR (autonomous mobile robot) considered autonomous?
AMR vehicles are classified as autonomous if they can complete tasks independently without the need for human intervention. However, the tasks to be completed must already be known and clearly defined. There are different approaches for controlling AMRs. In some, the control software is located on the vehicle itself, while in others the robots are integrated into a central control system that coordinates transport jobs and calculates optimum routes for any task.
What are the benefits of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)?
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) increase handling capacity and thereby reduce goods handling times. At the same time, they reduce error and accident rates and minimise staff injuries as well as damage to goods and infrastructure. AMRs are compact and versatile, as they do not take up more room than the transported load carrier. This means that they are also fully efficient in tight spaces. In addition to the high cost efficiency, AMRs can also compensate for staff shortages, as employees are deployed elsewhere to carry out value-adding tasks. They can be easily integrated into existing processes and adapted in terms of quantity and configuration to meet the needs of the site.
How can autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) optimise supply chains?
AMRs achieve the greatest gains in efficiency in areas in which monotonous warehouse and transport tasks are continuously repeated. The driverless robots free up employees from tedious, time-consuming transport tasks that do not add value. They can be integrated into warehouse logistics across shifts, in round-the-clock operation. Freed-up staff can then be deployed in another, more productive, area. Furthermore, they provide increased transparency and manoeuvrability in the flow of goods.
What tasks do autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) complete?
Nowadays, there are barely any limits to the possible uses for AMRs. They are particularly widespread in industrial applications, such as for warehouse transport or supplying production lines. They are becoming more and more important in logistics and intralogistics, too.