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Autonomous Mobile Robot Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of autonomous mobile robot manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source autonomous mobile robot manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate autonomous mobile robot companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture autonomous mobile robots for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading autonomous mobile robot manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for self propelled vehicles, automatic guided vehicles, or self guided vehicles.

  • Charlotte, NC

    America in Motion was founded in 2007 with a mission to bring customized automated vehicle designs and solutions to the masses. Serving customers in the fibers, paper, automotive, food, consumer products, heavy equipment, and general manufacturing. Our team specializes in fully customizable AGVs but also offers the option to build an automated vehicle by using a simplified modular approach (also known as eBOT).

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  • Hanover, MD

    With over 1700 mobile robotics deployed worldwide and with over 30 million miles accumulated, Oceaneering Mobile Robotics (OMR) delivers best-in-class solutions with the lowest total cost without sacrificing performance. For over 30 years, OMR has been a trusted partner of exclusive brands in the automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, and (intra-) logistics industries.

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  • New Baltimore, MI

    Invio Automation is a leading comprehensive AGV, AMR, and robotics integrator with 10 engineering and support sites throughout North America. We specialize in heavyweight and assembly line applications.

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  • Telford, PA

    Fred Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are built for manufacturing, distribution, and warehouse facilities to improve worker productivity and safety around materials movement, especially Point A to Point B workflows. Barcoding, Inc. designs, manufacturers, and supports the production of our robotics solutions in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. Please contact us to discuss your needs and schedule a demo.

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  • Dimondale, MI

    IDC Corporation produces a line of Automated Guided Carts (AGCs) for various industrial applications, including standard product line carts and custom-designed systems tailored to specific customer needs. The various models are built on a common control architecture that support various mechanical configurations, and support operations ranging from simple delivery loops to sophisticated multi-destination routes with “Dispatch” bits that allow the units to dynamically navigate at run-time based on simple user destination selections.

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  • Chesterfield, MO

    Align specializes in heavy-duty, highly customized AGVs with capacities reaching over 1,000,000 lbs. Engineers work with you to develop a custom system that fits your unique application and facility needs. Align has been working with Fortune 500 companies since 1967 to make manufacturing inefficiencies a thing of the past and propel them into the future with AGV technology.

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Autonomous Mobile Robots Industry Information

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)

Autonomous mobile robots are rapidly becoming a fixture in manufacturing and industrial operations. Capable of completing a variety of tasks and activities, AMRs can move independently while receiving instructions from a central computer and making adjustments using SLAM algorithms. They can perform routine tasks and rescue operations and are the next step in automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology with expanded functions and capabilities.

AMRs use computer software and mapping technology to move around their environment with sensors to help them detect obstacles and avoid collisions. Initially, AMRs were implemented to perform menial, repetitive tasks that required constant movement by workers. However, this particular function has expanded into more complex, intricate, and essential activities.

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How an Autonomous Mobile Robot Works

Unlike AGVs, autonomous mobile robots are able to navigate a facility without the use of tape, tracks, reflectors, or other forms of guidance systems. AMRs are completely independent and can operate on their own using information programmed into their system. They have a complex collection of technical instruments, including sensors, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer software, for planning their path and interpreting their environment.

AMRs can "see" where they are going through the use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) scanners, ultra-wideband (UWB) scanners, and two- and three-dimensional cameras. These devices allow an AMR to observe its environment and make immediate adjustments. Furthermore, visualization tools make it possible for an AMR to create its own path. In addition, some AMRs are designed with sound identification software that enables them to have auditory navigation systems.

Diagram of an Autonomous Mobile Robot Mapping Its Environment

Mapping

A critical aspect of an AMR‘s navigation is its mapping software that provides an overview of the facility where they are being used. Aspects of a building that do not change are programmed into the mapping software, such as shelving, pillars, machines, entrances, and other obstacles.

In conjunction with the mapping software, sensing technology is used to detect possible obstructions that may become obstacles during the work of an AMR, such as workers, vehicles, and other AMRs. This aspect of AMRs makes it possible for them to "understand" their surroundings and efficiently perform their function.

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)

The mapping process uses the SLAM to build maps and place AMRs in the maps. The algorithms of SLAM assist AMRs in "seeing" the characteristics of their environment or new and unknown environments. SLAM has existed for many years and has been the subject of studies. It hasn‘t been until recent advances in computer processing speeds and sensors that SLAM has been put to practical use.

Visual SLAM
Visual SLAM uses images it receives from cameras and sensors. Although a single camera can be used for visual SLAM, additional sensors and cameras give an AMR depth perception and movement estimates. The cameras and sensors are not like those in television or photography. They provide an approximation of the environment and can calculate distances and depth. The data collected is used to estimate the position of the AMR in space and build a map of the features it has "seen."
A Diagram of SLAM Using Its Sensor and Cameras to Triangulate Depth
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
LiDAR uses pulsed laser light to measure distances and other data to create three-dimensional information. The components of LiDAR are a laser, scanner, and global positioning sensor (GPS). The laser sensor is the central component that provides precision distance measurements and works in combination with map constructions from SLAM. The calculated travel distance collected by LiDAR is used to localize an AMR.
An interesting aspect of LiDAR is its need for obstacles, without which it is unable to align and will lose track of an AMR‘s location. Additionally, high-speed processing is essential to improve AMR speed.

How AMRs are Used

AGVs have become a valuable tool for inventory movement and assisting assembly operations. However, their flexibility is limited by the track, tape, or reflectors they depend on to complete any task. Such limitations are removed from AMRs, which can go anywhere to perform a task.

The increased use of AMRs has added a new tool to industrial and commercial operations. Since AMRs automatically adjust and change with conditions, they can be instantly repurposed without having to make structural alterations.

Inventory Transport

The movement of inventory from one location to another is a low-level task that is one of the first jobs to be allocated to AMRs. The automation of inventory movement saves time and allows workers to do more important work.

Autonomous Mobile Robot Carrying a Pallet

Order Picking

A tedious task that has been the function of warehouse workers for centuries is picking and assembling inventory for shipment, production, and delivery. It is an exceptionally expensive function that requires significant training, experience, and skill. Additionally, order picking is one of the most time-consuming jobs of any organization because it requires multiple trips, correction of errors, and constant searching. Simply walking from one part of a facility to another consumes time.

The effortless work of AMRs makes it possible to efficiently complete order picking at low cost and increase inventory visibility. They assist in eliminating errors, remove the need for multiple trips, and operate with precision and accuracy.

Autonomous Mobile Robot for Order Picking

Sortation

Sortation is a method for distributing pieces, cases, totes, and baggage for packing. AMRs designed for sortation come with tilt trays, cross belt systems, and belt trays for parcel sortation, e-commerce preparation, and classifying returns. In the sortation process, high-speed AMRs are used to rapidly complete the sortation process.

Medical Disinfection

Medical disinfection autonomous mobile robots combine an AMR with a disinfecting system to disinfect and sanitize rooms using sprays and ultraviolet light. The purpose of medical disinfection AMRs is to protect medical personnel from contaminated environments that may be dangerous to humans.

Medical Disinfecting Autonomous Mobile Robot