The challenges in material handling and logistics are growing rapidly across all industries. Customers want smaller volumes of a wider variety of products on a demanding timeline. This ever-increasing demand is creating stress in manual material handling situations, which leads to worker fatigue and eventually to quality and throughput issues. For decades, companies have been trying to find ways to optimize operations by introducing lean methodologies. However, in many occasions, manual processes lie in the way of achieving this goal.

Technological advancements are finally providing a solution to this problem in the form of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which can transport materials throughout dynamic and peopled environments on a 24/7 timetable. No longer burdened by constant trips throughout the facility, workers can focus on tasks that directly add value. However, not all AMRs are created equal. It’s important to carefully choose a robotic solution provider, and there are several key features that a mobile robot must have in order to offer the greatest value for an application.

Things to look for include the following:

  • Easy installation and quick adaptation to new requirements
  • Safe operation alongside people in dynamic environments
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fleet
  • Easy customization to suit specific requirements
  • Global support for reliable operation in any region

This white paper will discuss these requirements in detail and provide some background on the importance of each consideration.