Why Self Driving Vehicles Are Changing Automation
Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR/Self Driving Vehicle) Versus Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV).
What Are They And What Are Their Differences?
The short answer is one, obstacles, and two, productivity. When an AGV detects obstacles in front of it, it is not able to navigate around them. The AGV simply stops in its tracks until the obstacle is removed. AGVs are restricted to their set-up instructions and any changes can be costly for future production. AGVs also require magnet strips or sensors which can be expensive. The installation of these can disrupt current production. Therefore, when an obstacle gets in the way, expect delays and a change in workflow.
AMRs do not require tape or a floor magnet to guide the robot like a traditional AGV. The AMR navigates with a map built on-site or by pre-loaded facility drawings and can navigate around the obstacle. Think of a GPS system with preloaded maps. When you save a location, it finds the most efficient way to get you there based on the data, and it will update your route based on any obstacles you face along the way. AMRs apply that concept and use data from built-in sensors, cameras, and laser scanners to find the most efficient path to the target. Allowing the workflow to stay on schedule and optimizing your productivity.
Other AMR System Benefits Include:
Can Your Business Benefit With AMR?
As the automation industry continues to be innovative, how will your business adapt and grow along with it? Not sure if an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) is right for you? Contact Exact Automation to learn more and allow us to solve your automation needs!