An Autonomous Mobile Robot, or AMR, is a type of robot that can understand, interpret, and move around its environment independently, without an operator or a fixed path. To do so, it uses a combination of artificial intelligence and physical robotic elements such as wheels, legs, or tracks. Cameras and sensors allow it to navigate through obstacles and carry on with its tasks. It is a giant leap forward from its predecessor, the autonomous guided vehicle, or AGV.
AMRs present a number of benefits for businesses. Simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) solutions and advanced mapping technology enable AMRs to understand and adjust to changes in their environment, making them extremely flexible. They improve efficiency and productivity because they require less downtime. They are an ideal choice to assign to tasks that could be harmful, dangerous, or just not possible for human employees. Finally, AMRs can fulfill mundane or repetitive tasks, allowing human employees to focus on high-value activities such as customer support.
AMRs require powerful computers in order to perform all of the necessary functions to operate independently. They also need to be able to process data in real-time to calculate and make decisions quickly, so as to not compromise their efficiency. In order to operate smoothly and safely, AMRs need numerous I/O interfaces to connect with cameras and sensors. They also need excellent heat-dissipation capabilities to operate for extended periods in both indoor and outdoor environments. However, these challenges are easily overcome with the proper components.
SP Industrial offers PCIe 4.0 SSDs and DDR4 SODIMM modules that are expertly designed to enhance the performance of AMRs. Our MEC3H1SW series PCIe Gen4x4 SSD reaches ultra-fast read and write speeds up to 7,200MB/s and 6,500MB/s, respectively, to process data quickly. Huge capacities up to 3840GB provide plenty of storage space, while a compact M.2 2280 form factor takes up minimal physical space. Our DDR4 SODIMM modules utilize less power consumption with low voltages of 1.2V, which allow AMRs to operate for longer periods of time. High-performance with frequencies up to 3200MHz allow for real-time computing. And, both of these solutions are able to endure wide temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C, making them perfectly suitable for the harsh environments in which AMRs thrive.
Advancements in computing power, software, and networking technologies have made assembling, installing, and maintaining robotics technology easier and more scalable than ever before. By automating certain processes, businesses can optimize productivity, reduce bottlenecks, and mitigate risk to human employees. SP Industrial expects AMR technology to become increasingly more commonplace across all industries and we are ready to help maximize their potential with our intelligent, high-performance storage solutions.