5 questions to ask yourself before developing your own AMR

As an automation solutions provider, you’re always looking for the best way to help your clients boost their efficiency. Robot technology seems like an innovative way to provide more flexible and efficient automation solutions so you’re looking to add autonomous mobile robots to your product offerings, and you believe you should be the one to develop them. This is a costly investment though, and you’re not the only one in the race, so you should carefully consider your options. In this post, we’ll go through 5 questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re in the right position to start development.

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Why global navigation accuracy is not important (and what to look for instead)

One question many people ask us is: “Can you navigate with X mm accuracy?” And of course, the question is understandable, the newer generations of robots are detached from infrastructure such as rails or induction guidance and they navigate increasingly complex environments. Generally they need to interact with other devices in the environment. Even a robotic vacuum cleaner needs to accurately position itself on its dock to charge its battery. However, this does not automatically mean the robot needs to localize itself accurately all the time. But how do we get a robot to do its work reliably, without accurate global positioning?

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How to get your robot from A to B

In e-commerce, warehousing, and logistics, margins are shrinking. It’s harder and harder to come by affordable personnel for harvesting and processing greenhouse produce. The same holds for nurses in hospitals and personnel in the manufacturing industry. These developments push the demand for automation, including Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR). Many leading automation companies seem to be investing in the development of such solutions. But what should you think about when controlling such a system? How to get it from A to B?

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