With the boom in e-commerce and accelerating shipping schedules, warehouse management challenges are hardly new. You have access to a limited amount of space in a warehouse, from storing inventory to providing workspace for staff members to pick, sort and assemble; every square foot counts. It is also challenging to maintain accurate records of all the products in your warehouse, which is a necessary aspect in warehouse management.
AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) are commonplace where repetitive material delivery is required, such as factories and warehouses. AGVs have brought tremendous changes to the world of order fulfilment and material handling.
On the other hand, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are capable of lifting and transporting objects. They are able to detect obstacles and navigate the floor without using physical markers. Material handling companies have started to integrate them into their solutions for warehouses, distribution centres and production facilities. In some ways, AMRs are similar to Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs). However, they are more adaptable and flexible.
These intelligent and convenient assistants are perfect for transferring loads. Equipped with advanced sensor technology and a digital warehouse map, the compact robot can navigate around with ease and flexibility. They choose the most efficient route to transport items and can avoid obstacles on their own. AMRs can be integrated into the warehouse management system and control software. Through simple configuration changes within the software, it is possible to communicate directly with an AMR and delegate new assignments directly. More importantly, since the entire AMR fleet can be managed through these methods, the next available free robot can be used wherever needed. An Autonomous Mobile Robot can move goods from point A to point B in the warehouse with high precision and complete independence.