Bosch Rexroth AMR Improves Safety and Productivity of Manufacturing Facilities

Can automate material handling applications without additional external infrastructure

Bosch Rexroth Amr

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Using Bosch Rexroth’s Rokit Locator software, the Bosch Rexroth MP1000R autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is able to navigate autonomously in highly dynamic environments without additional infrastructure. The robot is a flexible and scalable solution which can replace manual forklifts and tuggers in manufacturing spaces, leading to improved efficiency and helping protect workers from potential injury.

The MP1000R can safely transport finished goods, raw material components, and work in process on pallets or shelves within a factory or warehouse with flexibility similar to human-operated pallet jacks, forklifts, or tuggers.

In collaboration with leading AMR provider Geek+, Bosch Rexroth developed the simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology for the robot. The CE- and ETL-certified robot features hybrid navigation with SLAM + QR Code, 360-deg obstacle detection, together with anti-collision bumpers and emergency stop buttons in the front and rear.

In addition to reducing safety risks, the MP1000R offers more flexibility to material handling processes. It can lift a max payload of 1,000 kg on a standard rack or shelf base, and also interface with customer-specific equipment using a square or roller top conveyor at customized heights. A large-capacity 39Ah lithium battery provides continuous power for the robot for a typical eight-hour work shift via autonomous opportunity charging.

Its compact size and zero turning radius make it ideal for operating in tight spaces or down to aisle widths of 1,400 mm (55 in.). Its fully loaded moving speed of 1.5 meters per second makes it perfect for moving pallets and shelves between warehouses or automatic storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) to production areas or shipping docks. Its location accuracy of +/-10 mm enables materials feeding to the production line, work-in-progress transfer and finished goods transport.

The MP1000R has minimal IT requirements and can easily interface with existing systems. It connects to on-site servers using existing wireless infrastructure, and users can trigger robot actions via a web browser or handheld device. APIs are also available to connect the robot software to ERP, MES, WMS, PLC, and more.