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5G Technology for AMRs

How 5G Technology Can Expand Your Options for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)

January 6, 2023

AMRs require dependable wireless communications to safely and efficiently navigate and work with people and other industrial equipment

5G Technology for AMRs. The world has been abuzz for the past couple of years over the development of 5G (short for “fifth generation”) networks. The topic came up in a recent episode of an Omron podcast featuring special guest Mike Chen, Omron’s Senior Director of Solutions and Technology Development, and he provided insights into how 5G technology for AMRs could transform automation. One thing that came to mind immediately was the Omron autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution. Omron looks at how these robots complete their tasks and how a 5G network can enhance their operation.

The power of a mobile robot solution, with or without 5G

Omron AMRs have proprietary software and controls that let them intelligently navigate around people and unplanned obstacles. Designed for developers, integrators, and end users, an AMR system can be customized for a variety of applications and payloads and can be fully functional within a day.

Even without a 5G network for AMRs, autonomous mobile robots are an extremely versatile solution that can optimizing routing and adapts to changing conditions on the fly. These fully autonomous, intelligent vehicles increase throughput, reduce machine dwell time, eliminate errors, improve material traceability, and allow employees to focus on tasks that require complex human skills.

How 5G fits into the picture

Omron’s mobile robot technology has always been managed on a local network in a facility where everything must be on Wi-Fi and all the job assignments must be done via a Wi-Fi network. However, the space over which AMRs can be deployed will be even greater with a 5G network. In fact, 5G Technology for AMRs is expected to provide the following AMR-related benefits:

  • Robot positioning improvements
  • Real-time remapping
  • Higher-resolution measurements
  • Greater network reliability
  • More devices on a single network
  • Less latency
  • Better security

As 5G technology for AMRs becomes more prevalent in the future, our customers will be able to utilize their private 5G networks to locate every single robot on their facility and securely manage all jobs without needing to create a predefined layout. Basically, this results in a layout-free facility where customers can physically optimize their production floor while deploying AMRs.

Achieving a broader footprint 

What’s great about a private 5G network is that it can be deployed with a much wider footprint. You’ll be able to deploy your robots in a wider space without having to be extremely careful about where the cutoff point is. With Wi-Fi, determining the cutoff point can require quite a bit of effort.

In addition, the built-in security measures that 5G technology for AMRs enables are a major advantage. You can use the authentication function on the 5G network to make sure that the job assignment is being presented from the right source and that you’re reaching the right robot. Interested in learning more about our AMR technology? Check out Omron’s Mobile Robot Portfolio Page

Related products

LD Series Autonomous Mobile Robots

Self-navigating AMRs. The Omron LD Mobile Robot is a self-navigating Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) designed for dynamically moving material in challenging environments that may include confined passageways as well as dynamic and peopled locations. Unlike traditional autonomously guided vehicles (AGVs), Omron Mobile Robot requires no facility modifications, such as floor magnets or navigational beacons, saving users deployment costs. The LD includes Omron’s proprietary software and controls allowing it to intelligently navigate around people and unplanned obstacles, that render traditional AGVs incapacitated and it can be programmed and functional within a day.  

HD-1500 Series Autonomous Mobile Robots

Omron’s newest and strongest mobile robot. The 1,500 Kg payload Omron HD-1500 mobile robot handles the performance of simple transport, delivery, and routing operations so your employees can perform higher-value jobs. Designed to meet the industry’s latest requirements, our mobile robots interact with people to promote a collaborative, safe working environment.

To learn more, visit Omron

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