Automating manufacturing processes have become the new norm in current times. Not only is the automation technology becoming more widely available and affordable, but at this present time we are forced to use automation to keep up with demand. Between the need of social distancing, avoiding workplace injuries, and workforce shortage issues, automation is becoming more essential.
One of the processes becoming popular to automate is moving product from one area to another without consuming an employee’s valuable time, nor risking injuries during this process. This is where autonomous mobile robots and automated guide vehicles come in. There are many differences between AMR and AGV but the similarity is that they give you a wide variety of material handling uses.
It is crucial to lay out all options for automating and choose the most ideal one for your specific need. Within the autonomous mobile robots and guide vehicles, there are five different categories to compare. Those five categories include navigation, deployment, flexibility, responsiveness, and accessibility.
Let’s use these five categories to learn qualities about both AMR and AGV that will hopefully give you direction on which option is best for you.
Automated Guide Vehicles (AGV)
AGV’s installation for deployment requires installation of navigation guides. These can sometimes require renovations that can be significant to the facility. From there, the navigation process is guided by magnetic strips or cables that will need to be installed on or under the floor. When it comes to flexibility of the patterns or workflow, it will entail repeating the deployment process which means installation of new navigation guides for the needed movements. If there are obstacles or objects in the way of an AGV, they will not be able to find a way around them. Lastly, the accessibility of AGV’s can be a bit troublesome because they typically require experts to configure or reconfigure the system.
Automated Mobile Robots (AMR)
The basic navigation of AMR’s include creating and saving a map of the facility. Once this is finished, it is used to dynamically calculate the best route from A to B at any given time. This proves that AMR’s responsiveness skill is great because it will automatically detect and avoid obstacles or blocked paths to find the best route. AMR requires minimal or no facility changes for deployment, which means the AMR can be unpacked and in use within minutes. With the click of a button, AMR’s show their flexibility with changing operational patterns if the workflow changes and there is a shorter route to take. Finally, employees are able to configure AMR’s system with no experience required.
Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) is a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots. MiR is dedicated to developing user-friendly, flexible, and safe robots to help companies increase the efficiency of their operations. MiR and NEFF have an abundant number of resources to get you started with your very own Mobile Industrial Robot. Explore MiR’s autonomous mobile robot options below:
Use: Best used in nearly any situation where employees are pushing carts or making deliveries
Use: Automates your internal transportation and logistics
Use: Help optimize internal logistics without changing layout with smaller footprint and increased adaptability
Use: Designed to automate the transportation of pallets and heavy loads across industries
Use: Can handle heavy duty internal transportation in a dynamic environment
After comparing the five categories for AMR’s and AGV’s, it is clear that Autonomous Mobile Robots are the better option for transporting items from one point to another within your facility. MiR specializes in mobile industrial robots which are able to find a solution for you to improve efficiency and logistics within your entire production facility. Use a MiR for your process to increase productivity, ensure health and safety, and deliver strong ROI.