Logistics

The arrival of mobile robots has had a significant impact on multiple industries but none more profound than logistics. Mobile robots improve safety and efficiency, which is a good thing. But as customers’ demands and expectations rise, suppliers must work harder, faster and smarter. 

Accerion is disrupting a disruptive industry by changing the mobile robot game: Our products turn mobile robots into high performance, highly accurate and robust autonomous vehicles. Indoors. Without infrastructure. 

How’s that work? Our advanced optical devices integrate with mobile robots, scanning the floor and using its imperfections as a map. There’s no added infrastructure – no QR codes, no magnets, no tape. Yet Accerion technology guides robots precisely in any indoor environment, simple or complex routes. 

Just as important, Accerion sensors are easy to install and maintain, which saves time and money. 

The reality of the logistics business is, margins are thin, and clients are always looking for an edge … which we provide. 

Below are a few ways we work with logistics operators: 

Narrow aisles: To optimize warehouse space, goods are stacked in very narrow aisles, limiting forklift movement. Accerion positioning sensors can be programmed using line-following technology to stay on a virtual line with constant resets to control drift. This means forklifts and other mobile robots follow a precise path time and again without drifting or bumping into stationary objects. 

Block stacking: In large, open spaces such as warehouses, there are high stacks and aisles of pallets on a fixed, narrow grid. Many logistics businesses currently place magnets or RFID tags on the floor and use a laser scanner for safety and placement. This infrastructure comes at a high cost, and accuracy is limited because of the narrow aisles. 

Implementing Accerion sensors benefits warehouse managers in several ways. First, they save infrastructure and maintenance costs because Accerion requires no infrastructure. Second, they can place pallets much closer together for a better use of valuable space, leveraging Accerion’s highest degree of accuracy. 

Support robots help solve the problem of “micro-fulfillment” and in final-mile operations in warehouses. These resourceful robots don’t replace humans in the workplace but help them make better use of their time. Accerion positioning technology improves support robot efficiency as they can be programmed on dedicated routes throughout the warehouse.