What are… AMRs?

AMRs, i.e. autonomous mobile robots, move goods from A to B within warehouses – with great precision, and fully independently. These smart and handy helpers are ideal for transferring small, lightweight loads and pallets.

The right amount, at the right time, in the right place: Equipped with advanced sensor technology and a digital map of the warehouse, the compact robots can easily and flexibly find their way around. They choose the most efficient route to transport items, and are able to avoid obstacles all on their own. So how does that work? The AMRs are integrated into both control software and the warehouse management system (WMS). Consequently, with simple configuration changes within the software, it is possible to communicate directly with the AMRs and give them new assignments. What’s more, since the entire AMR fleet is managed via these means, the next free robot is available right where it is needed.

On a side note: AMRs have a lot in common with conventional AGVs. But there is a key difference. AMRs are “smarter”, more technologically advanced, and collaborative. For example, while traditional AGVs follow predefined routes, AMRs can navigate flexibly and dynamically throughout the warehouse.

These advantages mean AMRs are gaining ground in warehouses across the world. According to LogisticsIQ, AMRs will account for 15 percent of the global warehouse automation market by 2025. And major players are taking note. Kion Group, for instance, recently established a strategic partnership with Chinese manufacturer Quicktron. This will help the intralogistics provider to expand its portfolio of automated solutions and offer AMRs via its brands.