Revolutionary all-rounders How AMRs are changing the world of logistics

Autonomous Moving Robots (AMRs) are the game changers in an automated future. Their ability to adapt dynamically to changing environments and requirements makes them a key solution for a wide range of applications. Read about the differences between the various automated guided vehicles (AGVs), where the use of AMRs is worthwhile and how their mode of operation is revolutionizing day-to-day business.

The classification

AGVs, AGVs and AMR - these terms are often used incorrectly or even synonymously, as in the case of AGVs and AGVs. High time for a classification. AGVs is a generic term for all types of driverless transport vehicles and thus covers a wide range of technologies, from AGVs to the more advanced and flexible AMRs.

As the name suggests, AMRs are sophisticated machines that move independently in their environment without human intervention. Thanks to a combination of advanced sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and dynamic navigation technology, they adapt to changing conditions and perform complex tasks in real time. Unlike conventional automated systems such as AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), which follow fixed routes, they navigate flexibly and autonomously.

If you look at the table, it becomes clear that AGVs are particularly suitable for predictable, fixed environments with stable routines in which there are few changes. For example, in traditional production lines and warehouses. AMRs, on the other hand, are ideal for dynamic, constantly changing environments. With their flexibility, quick adaptability and ability to interact with people, they are perfect for modern e-commerce centers, flexible production facilities and healthcare environments.

Making complexity manageable

AMRs have become an indispensable part of modern warehouse logistics. They offer an answer to increasing challenges such as the shortage of skilled workers and rising customer expectations in terms of delivery quality and reliability. Many manufacturers have recognized this trend and launched their own mobile robots with their own control software for a wide range of applications. While the management of a homogeneous AMR fleet from a single manufacturer often works without any problems, the integration and monitoring of AMRs from different manufacturers within the same logistics center poses considerable challenges in terms of interoperability, integration, safety, costs and innovation.

With "Move by Robots", IGZ has developed a solution that takes warehouse logistics to a new level. It offers seamless integration of autonomous mobile robots from various manufacturers directly into SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) without the need for middleware. This platform, which is deeply integrated into SAP EWM, revolutionizes the control and monitoring of resources and vehicles in warehouse environments. Thanks to deep integration and the use of artificial intelligence (AI), the system achieves maximum efficiency and flexibility. This solution choreographs all transports in a warehouse in real time, including in conjunction with existing conveyor lines and building technology (high-speed doors, elevators, fire doors, etc.). The platform supports both manufacturer-specific interfaces and the standardized VDA 5050 interface, which enables seamless integration of various devices and vehicles.

By bundling all relevant information in SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM), perfect control of all transports by autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), manually operated industrial trucks and conveyor technology is realized. This provides the warehouse control center with an ideal overview of the entire fleet. With this comprehensive insight, the warehouse control center can efficiently monitor all vehicles and resources and intervene if necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the warehouse .

Conclusion

The use of autonomous moving robots (AMRs) is worthwhile for various companies and warehouse environments. For example, AMRs help to optimize the flow of goods and increase picking and transport efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers where a large number of goods are moved. Companies that are characterized by dynamic operations with frequent changes to their work processes also benefit from ARMs, as they can be easily and flexibly adapted. For companies struggling with a shortage of skilled workers or where occupational safety plays a major role, these vehicles offer a solution by taking over repetitive and physically demanding tasks, which relieves the strain on employees and reduces the risk of injury.

Overall, the use of AMRs is worthwhile for companies that want to optimize their logistics processes, strengthen their competitiveness and be prepared for future challenges. However, it is important to consider the specific requirements and challenges of your own company and make an informed decision as to whether and how AMRs can be integrated into existing workflows.

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