ABB Robotics has remodeled its Autonomous Cellular Robots (AMRs) with the addition of Visible Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (Visible SLAM) know-how, enabling its AMRs to make clever navigation choices primarily based on their environment.

Utilizing AI-enabled 3D imaginative and prescient to carry out location and mapping features, ABB’s Visible SLAM AMRs make manufacturing quicker, extra versatile, environment friendly, and resilient whereas taking over uninteresting, soiled and harmful duties so folks can give attention to extra rewarding work.

Visible SLAM combines AI and 3D imaginative and prescient applied sciences to ensure superior efficiency compared to different steerage methods for AMRs. Providing vital benefits over different types of navigation comparable to magnetic tape, QR codes, and conventional 2D SLAM that require extra infrastructure to operate, Visible SLAM AMRs are being embraced by corporations to deal with an increasing vary of manufacturing and distribution duties.

“Our introduction of Visible SLAM AMRs radically enhances corporations’ operations, making them quicker, extra environment friendly and extra versatile, whereas liberating up staff to tackle extra rewarding work,” mentioned Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics Division. “Providing extra autonomy and intelligence, our new AMRs function safely in dynamic, human-populated environments. Visible SLAM know-how offers a brand new degree of intelligence for AMRs that transforms robotic functions, from manufacturing and distribution by to healthcare.”

Visible SLAM makes use of cameras mounted on the AMR to create a real-time 3D map of all objects within the surrounding space. The system can differentiate between mounted navigation references comparable to flooring, ceilings and partitions that should be added to the map and objects comparable to folks or automobiles that transfer or change place. The cameras detect and observe pure options within the atmosphere enabling the AMR to dynamically adapt to its environment and decide the most secure and most effective path to its vacation spot. Not like 2D SLAM, Visible SLAM requires no extra references comparable to reflectors or markers, saving price and house and providing correct positioning to inside three millimetres.

By eliminating the necessity to change the atmosphere, cease manufacturing, or add infrastructure, Visible SLAM know-how helps to scale back commissioning time by as much as 20% in comparison with 2D SLAM, considerably lowering the time wanted to introduce a brand new AMR into the present fleet.  The know-how can be utilized at scale with fleets up to date remotely. The know-how can also be safe, because it analyses uncooked knowledge solely, with no visible pictures saved on both the AMR or on a server.

ABB developed Visible SLAM AMRs in collaboration with accomplice Sevensense Robotics. The know-how is being included in ABB’s newest technology AMRs, the AMR T702V, from Q3 2023, and the AMR P604V, from This autumn 2023. These can be adopted by different AMR merchandise incorporating Visible SLAM which can be rolled out as much as 2025. The Visible SLAM know-how is already deployed in industrial initiatives for patrons in automotive and retail, with the potential to switch standard manufacturing traces with clever, modular manufacturing cells served by AMRs. Visible SLAM can be launched by ABB at sales space G07, Corridor 6 at LogiMAT 2023, which takes place from 25th to 27th April in Stuttgart, Germany. ABB can even be internet hosting a keynote presentation, ‘AI and Robotics enabling the subsequent technology of logistics automation’, which can happen on 26th April within the ICS, room 5.3, at 15:00pm.

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