The arrival of mobile robots has had a significant impact on multiple industries but none more profound than logistics. Mobile robots have improved safety and efficiency, which is a good thing. But as customers’ demands and expectations rise, so must suppliers work harder, faster and more efficiently.
Accerion is disrupting an already disruptive industry by upping 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? Jupiter is an advanced optical device that integrates with mobile robots, scans the surface of the floor and uses the floor as a map to guide those mobile robots to wherever our clients need to deploy them in any indoor environment. There’s no infrastructure – no QR codes, no magnets, no tape, nothing added on the floor for guidance. And just as important, Accerion products are easy to install and maintain, which saves time and money.
The nature of the logistics business is constant movement and change. Margins are thin and time is valuable, which means flexibility is vital.
Below are a few ways we work with logistics operators:
To maximize space in a warehouse, goods are stored on structures with very narrow aisle space limiting movement of forklifts. Accerion products can be programmed using our line-following technology to stay on a virtual line with constant resets to control drift. What this means is forklifts and other mobile robots will follow the path time and again without drifting or running 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 products benefits warehouse managers in several ways. First, they save infrastructure and maintenance costs because Accerion requires no infrastructure. Plus, they can place pallets much closer together for a better use of valuable space, leveraging Accerion’s highest degree of accuracy.
Support robots like Fetch 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 and our Jupiter system help make support robots even more efficient as they can be programmed on dedicated routes throughout the warehouse.