March 28, 2022
Locus Robotics, which develops autonomous mobile robots for fulfillment warehouses, announced its expanded line of warehouse AMRs at this week’s MODEX 2022 event in Atlanta. The new robots are part of new branding for the LocusBot systems that integrates robots from Waypoint Robotics, which the company acquired last year.
The Locus Vector and Locus Max robots join the Locus Origin to give the company a comprehensive family of AMRs for several warehouse use cases. The robots can address applications in e-commerce, case-picking and pallet-picking to scenarios that require larger, heavier payloads to support product movement needs in fulfillment and distribution center warehouses.
“With these new LocusBots, we’re able to help our clients alleviate significant labor challenges and achieve optimal productivity by using the right bot for the job,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “Locus is the proven leader in developing highly productive and innovative AMR technology that efficiently solves our customers’ needs for total warehouse optimization, while delivering a fast time to value.”
“Locus’s innovative multi-bot solution has helped DHL to consistently double our worker’s productivity all around the world,” said Adrian Kumar, global head of operations science & analytics at DHL Supply Chain. “This new robot lineup – with the different form factors all working together as a coordinated fleet – means we always assign the right robot, even as our needs change dynamically throughout the work day.”
All of the LocusBots integrate within LocusOne, the company’s multi-robot warehouse orchestration platform, which delivers efficient, scalable and predictable productivity and cost optimization for movement within the walls of a warehouse. The platform centralizes and coordinates a fleet while also providing detailed, forward-looking and actionable business intelligence and reporting, Locus said.
The robots within the LocusBot line of AMRs include:
- Locus Origin – Engineered for maximum warehouse efficiency, Locus Origin delivers proven fulfillment productivity coupled with agile maneuverability, incorporating the latest navigation and vision system technologies. It works easily and collaboratively with associates in dynamic warehouse environments. The Origin supports payloads up to 80 lbs. (36 kg), and is the same design as the company’s original LocusBot AMR.
- Locus Vector – The industrial-strength AMR with the flexibility for a wide range of roles from fulfillment to transport to putaway. Locus Vector features omnidirectional mobility, compact design, and robust payload capacity for use in any environment. The system can support up to 600-lb. payloads (272 kg). Locus Vector will ship to customers starting this summer.
- Locus Max – Heavyweight payload capacity (up to 3,000 lbs / 1,361 kg) and unparalleled flexibility to easily transport a wide variety of heavy materials, cartons, or pallets across your facility. Locus Max is ideal for industrial and material handling applications. Currently deployed at several sites, Locus Max will have limited availability in 2022 and expanded availability in 2023.
Locus said all of the LocusBots will be available through the company’s all-inclusive, robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) pricing model, and can also be added to existing and new workflows.
For more details on the system, visit the Locus Robotics website here.