October 10, 2022
OTTO Motors has announced a software upgrade that increases the speed of its material handling autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The new update improves AMR speed by as much as 10% for the OTTO 1500 v1.2 (photo, below). The company said by improving the software, its robots will become faster, safer, more reliable and more productive with a higher return on investment the longer customers own them.
“Customers rely on us to provide the most productive and safe industrial robots as they tackle supply chain issues and target 24×7, uninterrupted operations,” said Jay Judkowitz, vice president of product at OTTO Motors. “The latest software release significantly lowers mission completion times for our robots, directly impacting the overall throughput and ROI for the customers. We also aim to enhance overall user experience in this release, increasing efficiency for plant managers and floor managers. We are laser-focused on continuously upgrading our product.”
The company’s previous software release in June 2022 gave customers sophisticated tools that help them analyze their system, identify risks, and optimize their AMR-driven material flow. New features in the latest software release include:
- Graph-based Planner, an improved robot path-planning method that ensures faster mission planning, more predictable routes and smoother and faster turning; this results in lower task times and a higher ROI.
- Improvements in the average speed of the OTTO AMRs as they get smarter at detecting small objects on the ground from a distance, which lets them maneuver swiftly and smoothly around any obstacle.
- Auto-localization, which triggers robots to localize on their own with one click of a button. Results are near instantaneous, requiring no effort from the user.
- An easy-to-use bag collection tool that helps operators and floor managers get speedy troubleshooting support for 3D cameras on the OTTO AMRs. This enables users to capture video data with minimal effort to help customers maximize uptime.
- Blockly, a visual programming editor that lets customers tell robots what to do without having to write code. Using a simple interface, customers can create user-defined workflows and implement custom handling of events like safety stops.
OTTO said it has enabled manufacturers in several industries, including automotive, industrial and consumer goods, to adopt automation and reduce material handling costs to as low as $9 per hour. For more details on the software updates, visit this OTTO Motors website.