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6 things to take note when building your AMR

Embarking on the journey of building an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) presents a thrilling opportunity for companies seeking to optimize their operations. Whether you’re venturing into the realm of warehouse automation or enhancing your manufacturing processes, developing an AMR demands careful consideration and strategic planning. In this blog post, we’ll explore six key factors crucial to the success of your AMR project, ensuring a smooth and efficient journey towards harnessing the power of robotic automation.

1) Retrofit or build a new AMR?

When embarking on a robotics project, the initial decision often revolves around whether to develop a new Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) or retrofit an existing one. This choice depends on various factors such as return on investment, meeting requirements, and budget constraints.

  • Opting to retrofit an existing robot can offer cost savings, especially during the design phase. However, during operation, you may encounter outdated or unnecessary components within the existing robot, potentially leading to additional expenses.
  • Conversely, creating a new AMR allows tailoring its functionality precisely to your needs. This approach presents a clear advantage in customization, provided the budget allows for it. By starting from scratch, you have the freedom to design an AMR that perfectly aligns with your objectives and operational requirements.

The retrofit design is complicated, and we encourage the use of specialists as needed. At Techvico, with our seasoned technical team, we offer expert guidance to help you decide between retrofitting your existing robot or building a new one tailored to your needs. Additionally, we provide a selection of pre-built AMR models, showcasing our commitment to delivering practical and effective solutions.

 

2) Choosing the navigation method

Various navigation methods exist for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), ranging from laser-guided to magnetic tape and more. Additionally, there are natural features or free navigation techniques, such as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) Navigation, utilizing LiDAR sensors or camera-based visual systems. 

With SLAM, an AMR can map its surroundings and determine its location based on environmental data. Techvico’s TVC NAV package offers an ideal solution for AMRs utilizing LiDAR sensors, providing accurate and reliable SLAM navigation technology. This package stands out for its flexibility, affordability in installation, and simplified complexity, ensuring optimal performance for your AMR.

 

3) Ensure the safety requirements

Safety should be a top priority when building an AMR. Ensure that your robot is equipped with robust safety features to address three different stopped states:

  • Operational stop: The robot halts operation via the robot interface, either through a mission action or by pausing the mission, while maintaining power to the top module and all moving parts.
  • Protective stop: To safeguard nearby personnel, employ safety measures such as a safety laser scanner detecting objects in its active protective field, or utilize a manual mode to switch between autonomous and manual operation. Alternatively, install safety bumpers on the robot’s body cover, acting as shock absorbers to halt the robot upon impact.
  • Emergency stop: In cases of urgent intervention, a physical Emergency stop button halts all robot activity. When engaged, movement or mission deployment is disabled until the Emergency stop is released.

Techvico provides customers with upgrade or new build solutions for AMRs complete with full safety functions tailored to specific project requirements, ensuring that AMR projects are carried out under the correct standards and safety regulations.

 

4) Understand the operating environment

Before embarking on the journey of building an AMR, take the time to thoroughly understand your facility’s specific needs and challenges. Consider factors such as the layout of your facility, the nature of tasks to be performed by the AMR, and the environment in which it will operate. 

By gaining a clear understanding of your requirements, you can better tailor your AMR solution to meet your unique needs.

This is also a crucial initial phase in projects undertaken by Techvico, facilitating a thorough comprehension of the customer’s AMR operating environment. This understanding enables us to offer tailored advice and modifications for your AMR that align precisely with your needs.

 

5) Think about battery type and charging option

When considering an optimal battery system, it’s essential to consider not only battery life and charging times but also the charging method. Would you favor an automatic charging system where your AGV can self-recharge by driving into it? This method is more complicated but available for a lights-out operation.

Otherwise, a manual plug-in charging system requiring human intervention is simpler to design but less convenient for customers and incapable of continuous operation.

At Techvico, we also provide the customer with an AMR model that has a Fast-swap battery design for quick battery replacement, making sure the AMR can return to the work site in a short time to ensure 24-hour continuous operation and quick response.

 

6) Integration and Scalability

Consider how your AMR will integrate with existing systems and workflows within your facility. Look for solutions that offer seamless integration capabilities and can easily scale to accommodate future growth and expansion. A well-integrated AMR can help maximize efficiency and productivity across your operations.

 

READY TO BEGIN?

If you’re eager to kickstart your automation journey, explore Techvico Navigation solutions with SLAM technology or connect with us to explore automating your vehicle portfolio.

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