Autonomous Mobile Robot
AMR with AI
Benefits of AMR
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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and autonomic guided vehicle (AGV) were changing the landscape across many industries - including healthcare, factory, warehouse, logistics and others. Undoubtedly, AMR and AGV can help deal with massive staffing shortages, and the need for social distancing in the post-pandemic era.
Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) is a vehicle that uses on-board sensors and processors to autonomously move materials without the need for physical guides or markers. The AMR’s main components include controller, computing unit, battery, motors, sensors and camera. Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an industrial vehicle that can be pre-programmed to transport goods in a warehouse, manufacturing and other environment. The AGV’s main components include traction motor, traction batteries, industrial PC (or on-board controller) and payload interface.
The greatest advantage of AMR over AGV is that AMR provides alternative navigation options. An AMR navigates using a predefined map and plans its own routes to the destination. It can detect obstacles similar to an AGV, but it is slightly smarter because it can avoid the obstacles by navigating around it. Therefore, AMR robot is considered more flexible because it can change its path dynamically with less effort. AMR robot is perceived to be much more costly compared to an AGV, in reality, the AMR could be more cost effective due to its flexibility and ease to set up.
Artificial intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. AI will become an integral part of setting up and using AMRs, simplifying their deployment process and improving their workflow. Some AMRs are taking those smarts to the next level with artificial intelligence coupled with strategically placed cameras that function as extended robot sensors. With AI, AMRs can learn to adapt their behavior appropriately, even before they enter an area. This means they can avoid high-traffic areas during specific times, including when materials are regularly delivered and transferred by fork truck, or when large crowds of workers are present during breaks or shift changes.
Wide Operating Temperature
It can endure up to 60°C without system crash and continue to deliver constant performance with CPU running steadily above its base frequency.
High Humidity Resistance
In extreme use cases, humidity could be a key factor that impacts product functionality. It is tested under strict conditions to ensure the design could couple with humid environments.
Durable and Silence
It adopts a fanless system that integrates passive cooling fins. It can reduce the use of consumables, boost product reliability and extend life cycle. No need to worry about fan noises and fan maintenance.
Rich I/O Interfaces
AMR devices need powerful embedded systems with multiple I/O interfaces to connect with cameras, sensors, displays, and other end devices. Therefore, AMR utilizes sensors and powerful embedded systems to understand their operating environments.
The DRPC-230-ULT5 could endure up to 70°C operating temperature to deliver constant performance with CPU running steadily above its base frequency. The model with expansion layer provides rich I/O and PCIe x4 signal to support add-ons such as IEI acceleration cards (Mustang-V100-MX8 or Mustang-V100-MX4), opening the door to faster deployments of AI inference systems. The DRPC-230-ULT5 can connect to camera for visual recognition. It enables machine learning by using a variety of training models to simulate and infer the status or appearance of objects. For example, the inference system with the video analysis model can perform obstacle analysis for AMR.
It is not hard to find Embedded Systems with high operating temperatures on the market. Some vendors claim their products could endure up to 75°C or more. This is the truth, but not the whole story.
We had conducted competitive product analysis under IEI’s standard testing procedures and conditions. The result showed that indeed competitor products could still work in high operating temperature, but CPU had a hard time maintaining its frequency, and in extreme cases it was even running below base frequency.
Reduced Labor Workloads
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