Project

Current practice sees each autonomous mobile robot (AMR) vendor using their custom Fleet Management software platform, making it difficult for end-users to operate a fleet of mixed AMR brands efficiently. This project aims to enable AMR cross vendor communication and management, lowering the barriers for the further adoption of AMRs. The outputs from this project are expected to result in lower training time for operators and increased productivity.

Objective

Enable interoperability autonomous mobile robots, allowing manufacturers to use mixed fleets efficiently and optimize operations.

Technical Approach

This project team will leverage outputs from a prior ARM-funded project to create a muti-map manager, connectivity layer, and global fleet manager. Additionally, the team will conduct operator interviews to develop a workforce and technology transition plan.

Participants

Lead: Siemens Technology Partners: FedEx, Yaskawa Motoman, Waypoint Robotics, University of Memphis