Robot Mobility

autonomous robot mobilityCollaborative Robotics and Mobile Robots are hot topics today and you may well be trying to figure out what works best for your company’s unique processes and we are here to help.  Robot mobility falls into two categories:

  • Fully autonomous movement – Automated guided vehicles
  • Fixed guided movement – Constrained path movement

What’s the difference?

Fully autonomous movement gives you the flexibility to move a robot anywhere in your facility as long as your facility has clear travel paths with no stairs or abrupt elevation changes. Depending on the speed of operation of the robot you may need to develop a way to stabilize the robot. Your robot will be out of service when the AGV needs to recharge.

    Advantages:

  • Flexible workstations

    Disadvantages:

  • Require periodic recharge taking your robot out of service
  • Programming integration between robot and AGV is difficult and expensive
  • Total system cost is relatively high

Fixed Guided Movement works best in environments that are generally in a line and require movement of items between work stations.

    Advantages:

  • Robot base stability is similar to fixed mounting.
  • Fixed movement path makes safety planning easier.
  • Lower total system cost as compared to AGV’s

    Disadvantages:

  • Fixed range of mobility.

 

Linear robot mobility is about to change forever. Our base system adapts to any rail length and any configuration. Floor Mount – Wall Mount or Inverted Mount, you decide. Adaptable to any collaborative robot manufacturer and any size. Operator controlled movement or integrated control.