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[Industry Trends] Differences between AMR and AGV, and Software Total AMR Platform

  • 2023.09.19
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The increasing costs of labor and the growing complexity of processes caused the rising demand for logistics automation. 

AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot) and AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle), which move goods in warehouses or factories, are attracting attention. AMR and AGV both play a role in transporting something. 

Shall we start by exploring the differences between AMR and AGV?

Differences between AMR and AGV

- Driving method

AGV operates through an automated driving system, AMR is an autonomous driving system. 

AGV sets its dedicated path in advance through QR codes, rails, or tactile markers and it only moves automatically along those predefined routes. 

On the other hand, AMR is an autonomous driving system that understands pre-mapped drawings and moves to find an optimized route.

- Obstacle avoidance

AGV stops its movement when it detects obstacles between its predetermined paths. However, AMR recognizes obstacles between its movement paths, explores new routes, avoids obstacles, and reaches the destination.

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Total AMR platform composed of software

AMR offer enhanced safety due to their autonomous obstacle avoidance capabilities, making them increasingly attractive in manufacturing facilities with high human traffic. 

However, AMR faced challenges including limited battery life and the complexity of tasks. 

Movensys aims to develop a software-based total AMR platform to increase the available battery life of AMR and reduce installation complexity, thus making AMR more applicable in manufacturing facilities. 

Movensys’ total AMR platform combines the software-based motion controller, WMX, with AMR control software called Jetstream, enabling the control and navigation of AMRs solely through software. 

By integrating separately installed motion control and robot control into WMX, it is possible to extend runtime by 50%. 

Being composed solely of software, it minimizes cable work, making installation easy and allowing for space optimization.

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