Autonomous dolly mover

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Agilox is adding an autonomous dolly mover to its range of intelligent transport systems controlled by swarm intelligence.

This is its first foray into producing small load carriers. The new Omnidirectional Dolly Mover joins the company’s range of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

Agilox AMRs have no need for a central control system and orient to existing contours with millimeter precision.

The Agilox ODM is built on the principle of a dolly mover. This means it can accept loads with a maximum weight of 300 kg to a maximum lifting height of 250 mm and transport them to their destination.

Small load carriers (such as totes), which the new ODM is designed to transport, are widely used in the electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

The compact vehicle travels autonomously and navigates freely on the production floor or in the warehouse. Its omnidirectional drive allows it to travel sideways into rack aisles as well as turn on the spot, enabling it to maneuver even in the tightest of spaces. The lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery ensures short charge times and long operating cycles.

Agilox AMRs have no need for a central control system and can orient to existing environment with millimeter precision eliminating time-consuming and costly modifications to the existing infrastructure. Autonomous route-finding also enables the vehicles to avoid obstacles unaided. If it is not possible to get past the detected obstacle due its size or the available clearance, the AMRs calculate a new route within seconds to reach their destination as quickly as possible.

The system adapts to customers’ processes, while fully autonomous routing ensures a safe workflow – even in mixed operations.

Once the logistics robots have been put into operation, they organize themselves according to the (decentralized) principle of swarm intelligence, i.e. they exchange information several times a second to enable the entire fleet to calculate the most efficient route and prevent potential deadlocks before these can occur.

Time-consuming coordination of vehicles by the customer is also a thing of the past thanks to Agilox X-Swarm technology. For the customer, this means flexibility, because it lets them expand the vehicles’ area of operation within just a few minutes. It also means that it is very easy to relocate an AMR to be used temporarily in other areas of the company areas or its subsidiaries.

Since the vehicles can also communicate with other machines or the building infrastructure by means of IO boxes, even rolling doors or multiple floors are no problem for the AMRs. So, this too means that customers enjoy maximum flexibility in the organization of their production processes.

Another advantage comes from mixed operation of the Agilox fleet in a “swarm”. The smaller Agilox One, with its scissor lift, and ODM series vehicles can, for example, feed the assembly workstations or e-Kanban racks, while lift-equipped OCF vehicles transport the pallets. This can be done because Agilox AMRs all use the same control and WiFi infrastructure.