Three Ways to Pick Up a Pallet Using a Mobile Robot by Omron

MC Three Ways to Pick Up a Pallet Using a Mobile Robot Omron 1 400

April 11, 2022

 

Heavy-duty autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) like the Omron HD-1500 are quickly becoming a gold standard for automating pallet transport in warehouses and distribution centres. Capable of moving payloads through dynamic and peopled environments using onboard mapping software, AMRs provide the ultimate in flexibility and scalability.

When logistics facilities start considering an AMR solution, a common question that arises is how to get the pallets onto robots. It turns out there are three methods for doing this, and each has its own advantages relative to the constrains of a particular warehouse infrastructure. In this article, Omon looks at each of these in turn. 

 

Method one: Conveying pallets onto the robots

A lot of conventional warehouses are using conveyors throughout the facility. Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) with conveyor tops can be easily integrated into existing infrastructure without significant changes, thereby replacing conveyor system distance and adding modular flexibility.

Additionally, the wireless communication between the two conveyors would allow the AMR to engage with the conveyor safely and smoothly. Rollers atop the robot can match their speed to that of the fixed conveyors to smoothly accept pallets.

The system will let the AMR know when it’s time to depart from the conveyor and carry the pallet to its destination. Since items sent down a conveyor would be transferred immediately to an AMR, this method would achieve a complete warehouse management system (WMS) optimizing traceability.

MC Three Ways to Pick Up a Pallet Using a Mobile Robot Omron 2 400

Method two: Lifting the pallets via a P&D stand

A transfer station, or pick-and-drop (P&D) stand, can be used to deliver a pallet to an AMR. The pallet sits atop the stand while the robot settles in underneath and lifts it up. For the method to work well, the warehouse must designate fixed spots for each stand so AMR mapping and task design can be repeated.

This solution can be quite cost-effective in comparison to the conveyor solution because it is a static solution. The image below features a solution developed by Omron Certified System Integrator partner RAMP Inc. While P&D stands are traditionally static, for this application the customer chose to have a mobile transfer station. Here is a closer look at the RAMP solution.

MC Three Ways to Pick Up a Pallet Using a Mobile Robot Omron 3 400

Method three: Picking pallets up with a robot-attached forklift

For most warehouses, pallets await shipping at a buffer area where forklifts are used to move them directly from one place to another. Labor shortage remains a significant issue for these types of facilities due to reliance on forklift operators.

Omron’s system integrator partner Martin Systems (located in Nagold, Germany) created an innovative, first-to-market solution where an automatic forklift rests on top of a mobile robot, ready to fold down and lift a pallet when needed. Safety scanners ensure that the robot will move safely throughout the facility regardless of the payload’s height and weight.

As with the P&D stand, it’s important to have designated locations for pick-up and drop-off.

MC Three Ways to Pick Up a Pallet Using a Mobile Robot Omron 4 400

Making the most of pallet handling with fleet management

Omron’s AMR technology can adapt to any of the above methods for pallet pick-up and drop-off, and they can be implemented with a mobile fleet as well. Using a coordinated fleet of AMRs can help you flexibly accommodate a variety of pallet sizes.

Our fleet management system allows you to manage a fleet of mixed payloads of mobile robots and allows for easy adjustment of infrastructure changes. Whatever your needs, we can work with your system integrator to make an AMR solution function smoothly.

{videobox}q1nokEUHTXo{/videobox}

MC Three Ways to Pick Up a Pallet Using a Mobile Robot Omron 5 400

Interested in learning more about AMR options for pallet handling? Check out Omron’s page on robotic solutions for logistics applications by clicking here

 

Source

 

Related Articles

  • Humber College Receives $30 Million Gift from the Barrett Family Foundation

    Humber College Receives $30 Million Gift from the Barrett Family Foundation

    January 27, 2023 Humber College is the recipient of a $30 million gift from the Barrett Family Foundation, marking the largest single donation made to an Ontario college. Combined with their donations to Humber’s Unlimited Campaign, the Barrett Family Foundation has given a total of $42 million, making their donation the largest in Canadian college history…. Read More…


Latest Articles

  • Rotary Encoders for Harsh Environments

    January 30, 2023 Rotary encoders are electromechanical devices that provide feedback on the rotational movement of an axle or shaft. Comprising two parts – a reader and a scale – they typically accomplish this task either by either “absolute encoding” or “incremental encoding”: Absolute encoders measure the precise angular position of the reader relative to… Read More…

  • Energy Technology Perspectives 2023

    Energy Technology Perspectives 2023

    Energy Technology Perspectives 2023 highlights major market and employment opportunities, as well as the emerging risks, for countries racing to lead the clean energy industries of today and tomorrow. The energy world is at the dawn of a new industrial age – the age of clean energy technology manufacturing – that is creating major new markets and millions of jobs but also raising new risks, prompting countries across the globe to devise industrial strategies to secure their place in the new global energy economy, according to a major new IEA report. Read More…


Featured Article

Access Management for Your Plant and Machinery

With PILZ’s “Identification and Access Management” portfolio, they offer you a comprehensive range of products, solutions and software for the implementation of safety as well as security tasks. Below you’ll discover more about potential applications, from simple authentication to complex access permissions, and access management through to safe operating mode selection, maintenance safeguarding and safeguarding of data and networks. Experience safety and security in one system!

This solution ensures that a machine cannot resume operation while people are still in the danger zone. The maintenance safeguarding system “key-in-pocket” is designed for machines with danger zones, which are protected by a safety fence and which staff need to access – robot cells for example. In comparison with conventional lockout-tagout (LOTO) systems, maintenance safeguarding with the key-in-pocket solution is implemented via RFID keys with corresponding permissions and a safe list in the PILZ controllers. As a result, it provides a purely electronic restart protection and makes both mechanical interlocking devices and warning tags redundant.

Read more


Products

  • The One Stop Shop for Industrial Sensors

    January 30, 2023 POSITAL understands how frustrating and costly it can be when your operations are standing still because of a broken encoder. They are here to help! The new webshop of POSITAL aims to make it easier for purchasers or MRO customers to get the parts they need to keep their machines running and… Read More…

  • New Schmalz End-of-Arm Tooling Components from AutomationDirect

    January 30, 2023 AutomationDirect now offers end-of-arm tooling components for robot arm vacuum pick-and-place applications. Components can be purchased individually or in kits that include everything needed to create a single-beam or dual-beam end-of-arm tool. End-of-arm tooling components for vacuum pick-and-place systems are used to create tooling that connects to the end of a robot… Read More…