- Simple & safe operation of mobile robots
- Speeds up the development of AMRs & AGVs
- Easy implementation of mobile robots
- Enhanced efficiency thanks to automated processes
- Error avoidance & cost reduction
- More control & transparency over the entire production run
AMRs AND AGVs IN THE WAREHOUSE AND IN PRODUCTION ENABLE SMOOTH HUMAN-ROBOT COLLABORATION
The increasing shortage of labor – both skilled and non-skilled – and the high demand for logistics services coupled with ever stricter logistics requirements mean fundamental adjustments to logistics processes are imperative. Efficiency is the key to success here. Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV) or Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) help automate and optimize internal transport. Especially in times when the labor market is tight, AGVs are a quick-to-implement transport solution ensuring a smooth flow of items and materials and eliminating unproductive transit times. However, in the past, behavior control in connection with AMR and AGV development and integration has often been particularly complex and time-consuming. BOWE IQ’s Robotics Engine Platform is changing all of this. The IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is based on ROS (Robot Operating System), so that anyone – from experienced programmers to novices – can integrate AMRs into existing business processes and deploy them there in just a few simple steps.
AMR SOFTWARE FROM BOWE IQ: LEARNING BY DOING
BOWE IQ’s AMR software allows AMRs or AGVs to be quickly and flexibly integrated into warehouses organized in a wide variety of ways – from simple transport applications or point-to-point transport through goods-to-person concepts to full automation in an integrated overall system. The software’s prime advantage is its fast and smart AMR mapping capability: thanks to BOWE IQ AMR, autonomous mobile robots no longer have to be guided via optical, magnetic or inductive paths on the floor but navigate freely in space. During a teach-in run, the AMR’s sensors register the spatial situation and store this information as a map for the vehicle fleet. During the trip, the scanned actual situation is then continuously compared with the map by the robot. It detects tasks stored in this orientation field, such as loads identified by means of QR codes which must be conveyed to a defined destination, and executes them without any manual intervention. It recognizes obstacles and moves around them fully automatically.
HOW ROBOT MANUFACTURERS CAN GET TO MARKET FASTER
Developing software for robotic systems is time-consuming and complex. As a robot manufacturer, that’s something you’re no doubt well aware of. But what if we told you we had a solution up our sleeve that will allow you to significantly shorten the development time for your AMR/AGV and get it to market faster? The idea is as simple as it is logical: you focus your entire attention on developing the hardware and just use our software platform as your basis for programming. Thanks to the open plug-in framework, developers can access cutting-edge standard algorithms from both BOWE IQ and third-party providers. Programming based on ROS does not even necessarily require a real AMR. BOWE IQ’s Robotics Engine Platform software lets you simulate this kind of mobile robot too – and program a digital twin. That opens up umpteen possibilities. You can choose from cutting-edge standard features such as mapping, collaboration, localization, navigation and risk avoidance – optimized for dynamic environments. Your mobile robots can then move autonomously, efficiently and collision-free alongside their human colleagues.
KEY FEATURES OF THE AMR SOFTWARE AT A GLANCE
- Orientation & flexible navigation in free space using onboard resources
- Smart collision avoidance
- Control of multiple robot types at a site via the same interface
- Autonomous, optimized destination runs
- ROS-based software development tools
- External APIs for integration with warehouse management (WMS) & ERP systems
- Suitable for handling products & functions
- “Off-the-shelf” autonomy algorithms
- Regular security updates
- Data-driven decision-making
- Open fleet simulation environment
OUT-OF-THE-BOX ROBOTICS FOR NOVICE SMEs
Many small to medium-sized companies are altogether aware of the potential for automation in their processes. However, their inhibitions are often high. They fear the effort and costs involved or the long-term contracts leading to huge follow-up costs. We can help you overcome these fears. Robotics will also become an attractive prospect for smaller businesses if they can take care of the programming themselves and are not obliged to call in a service provider every time anything changes. Our Robotics Engine Platform makes that possible. The BOWE IQ Robotics Engine Platform offers tools “out of the box” that ensure straightforward, seamless integration of AGVs and AMRs into existing automation environments. The intuitive GUI and the ability to “learn” the environment rather than program it make setting up the platform a simple matter. You can plan scheduled tasks, define ad hoc tasks, check statuses, summon help from robots or provide help to them in need, and analyze performance KPIs – whether for a single AGV or for a whole fleet of robots. And you do all of this using intuitive, role-based dashboards and a single software platform. Contact us right away – and take the first step towards developing your smart factory together with us!
Efficient AGV navigation with AMR solutions from BOWE
Autonomous robots are becoming more and more prevalent in warehousing, production and distribution. Efficient integration of robots into your logistics processes is therefore only a logical step forward into the future to make you more competitive when it comes to Industry 4.0. AMR Solutions from BOWE IQ are the easy way for you to get started – regardless of the size of your fleet. Our AMR integration software ensures that your robots are seamlessly integrated into your daily operations, giving you maximum efficiency yet minimum control effort. By integrating AGVs, you can respond quickly and flexibly to changes in your operational environment. The autonomous mobile robots move fluidly around your environment, so that humans and robots collaborate safely and efficiently – with fewer accidents and enhanced productivity. Learn more about our BOWE IQ AMR software now!
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