Autonomous Material Handling (AMH)

System overview

Autonomous Material Handling (AMH) is part of Konica Minolta’s connected IoT system, which leverages Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) to improve and automate users’ material handling processes. The AMH is a suite of cyber-physical systems for material handling in areas including manufacturing, warehousing, and logistic operations.

sConnect is a dashboard which presents AMR fleet performance close to real-time. It reveals analytic results on AMR operations which allows users to identify areas for intra-logistic process improvement when handling materials on and off site. It uses a measure called Overall Robotic Effectiveness (ORE) to present robotic fleet performance. The ORE is an equivalent of the industry standard “overall equipment effectiveness” (OEE) which is calculated based on the three factors of Availability, Performance, and Quality.

Example of insights generated from sConnect:

1. Tasks / missions successfully completed
2. Actual delivery speed versus ideal speed
3. Robot fleet utilisation time versus idle / charging / downtimes

sWorkflow is a workflow software platform that can flexibly execute different AMR automated workflow scenarios based on reconfigurable business rules. It enables AMR to work seamlessly with other IoT sensors and material handling equipment, while integrating with enterprise software like ERP and WMS for work order management.

It is also a middleware to interface with physical material handling systems like conveyor systems, automated storage and retrieval systems as well as collaborative robotic arms.

With such system interoperability capabilities and built-in workflow engine, sWorkflow allows flexible reconfiguration of process flows for optimised system performance.

To maximise the utility of AMR, sInfra of AMH enables the system to interface with building infrastructure to expand the zone of material handling autonomously. The sInfra software allows accessibility to lifts, sliding doors and other infrastructure. It also provides real-time status of infrastructure availability like trolley parking lots and lift occupancy.

An AMR uses sensors to dynamically navigate any operating environment. Compared to an automated guided vehicle (AGV), an AMR does not need physical or electro-mechanical guidance devices (magnetic tape) and allows navigation route changes using software.

The AMH portfolio uses a wide range of AMR models suitable for different payload needs of pre-break bulk (palletized) and inter-logistic operations. Konica Minolta offers AMRs with payloads from 100 to 1000 kg that can optimize all workflows from the transportation of smaller parts to moving heavy loads and pallets automatically.

The AMH also offers a variety of applications on top of the AMR base unit for different needs to interface with trolleys / carts, conveyors, and robotic arms.

A Fleet Manager is used for control of multiple units of AMRs in a single operation site. This web-based software tool centralises multiple AMR conditions like battery status as well as current location when disseminating work order to a specific AMR.

It is also the traffic controller to resolve conflicting intents like traffic deadlocks, by allowing only one AMR on a specific path at a time.

APPLICATIONS

Konica Minolta’s AMH offerings bridge the inter-logistics among incoming materials, machine/equipment’s output stations to and outbound delivery.

Konica Minolta’s AMH offerings bridge the inter-logistics among incoming materials, machine/equipment’s output stations to and outbound delivery. Via commonly used Application Programming Interface (API), AMH system can interface with enterprise software like Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Warehouse Management System (WMS) as well as Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS). As such, an integrated smart material flow system can be established in an organisation.

The AMH has flexible physical interface with goods/materials transporting trolleys or carts, as well as conveyor systems depending on application requirements. It also handles palletized operation for pre-break bulk goods in warehouse. The AMH is also an Internet of Things (IoT) system, it interacts with building infrastructure like automated door and lift as well as status sensors. The inter-connectivity allows autonomous operation between the AMR and facility as well as provides close to real time status of every job order and fulfilment.

While the AMH system is in execution, status data is automatically archived. AMH users can extract close to real time status and analyze performance. Such status performance can be set as a baseline for process improvement comparisons.

SYSTEM BENEFITS

How AMH offerings can benefit your inter-logistic operations

As the AMR seamlessly integrates with material handling, machine, enterprise software and infrastructure, the AMH eliminates all error-prone, repetitive tasks when transferring physical materials/goods and data. It provides direct benefit of efficiency gain and error reduction for system handling.

The AMH is agile and flexible enough to accommodate changes in dynamic environments like high mixed goods flow and low volume production. The software-controlled AMR and sensor are configurable when new scenarios to handle materials are required with no physical change and almost no cost incurred. Furthermore, with its ability to integrate with infrastructure access, the AMH expands AMR’s access to larger areas of workspace in facilities. The close to real-time status allows quick response to resume operation in the event of a downtime incident.

The AMH real-time performance visualisation and analytics allow autonomous discovery of bottlenecks for process improvement. The performance baseline can be set for post changes comparison to quantitatively measure changes introduced. The material handling IoT system, at the same time, provides data acquisition and analytics that ultimately drives continuous improvement for higher operation productivity.

PRODUCTS

Autonomous Mobile Robots to help automate your business.

For more information, get in touch with our product experts and find out how Konica Minolta’s autonomous robotics solutions can streamline your work processes.

MiR 100

The MiR100 is a safe, cost-effective mobile robot that quickly automates your internal transportation and logistics. The robot optimizes workflows, freeing staff resources so you can increase productivity and reduce costs.

Specifications

Platform Setup Base for shelves, hook solution, latching or robot arm mounting
Payload Up to 100 kg
Weight 70 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 890 x 580 x 352 mm
Localisation and Navigation Safety LIDARs on front and rear
Range = 15 m per LIDAR
Coverage = 360° about AMR
Safety Bumpers None
Status Lights LED lights (Rainbow)
Battery Type and Lifespan 24V – 39,6Ah Lithium-NMC Battery Pack / 10 hours or 20 km / 1000 cycles or 3 years
Charge Time and Endurance With cable: up to 4.5 hours (0-80%: 3 hours)
With charging station: up to 3 hours (0-80%: 2 hours)
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 20mm
Charger Type Manual charge / Auto-docking
Maximum Speed 1.5 m/s (5.4 km/h)
Direction and Turning Radius Bi-directional/spot turn
Slope < 3 degrees
Reaction to Obstacle Able to detect and change course up to 4m away, emergency stop at 35cm
Fleet Traffic Management Up to 100 robots
Operating System for Server Linux Ubuntu 16.04
Interface Web-based UI
Elevator and Door interface Through WISE device interface
WLAN Dual-band wireless AC/G/N/B
Software Interface MiR REST API
Clean Room Clean Room Certified
Ingress Protection (IP) Rating IP20
Electrostatic Discharge NA
International Safety Standards CE, EN1525, ANSI B56.5, ISO13849-1, EN61000-6-2 & EN61.000-6-4, Clean Room Certified (ISO Class 4)

MiR 200

The MiR200 is a safe, cost-effective mobile robot that quickly automates your internal transportation and logistics. The robot optimizes workflows, freeing staff resources so you can increase productivity and reduce costs.

Platform Setup Base for shelves, hook solution, latching or robot arm mounting
Payload Up to 200 kg
Weight 70 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 890 x 580 x 352 mm
Localisation and Navigation Safety LIDARs on front and rear
Range = 15 m per LIDAR
Coverage = 360° about AMR
Safety Bumpers None
Status Lights LED lights (Rainbow)
Battery Type and Lifespan 24V – 39,6Ah Lithium-NMC Battery Pack /10 hours or 15 km /1000 cycles or 3 years
Charge Time and Endurance With cable: up to 4.5 hours (0-80%: 3 hours)
With charging station: up to 3 hours (0-80%: 2 hours)
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 20mm
Charger Type Manual charge / Auto-docking
Maximum Speed 1.1 m/s (4 km/h)
Direction and Turning Radius Bi-directional/spot turn
Slope < 3 degrees
Reaction to Obstacle Able to detect and change course up to 4m away, emergency stop at 35cm
Fleet Traffic Management Up to 100 robots
Operating System for Server Linux Ubuntu 16.04
Interface Web-based UI
Elevator and Door interface Through WISE device interface
WLAN Dual-band wireless AC/G/N/B
Software Interface MiR REST API
Clean Room Clean Room Certified
Ingress Protection (IP) Rating IP20
Electrostatic Discharge ESD Certified
International Safety Standards CE, EN1525, ANSI B56.5, ISO13849-1, EN61000-6-2 & EN61.000-6-4, Clean Room Certified (ISO Class 4) ESD Approved

MiR 250

The MiR250 is a more flexible AMR that can work around the clock and is brilliantly simple to setup, for improved productivity. Its smaller footprint and increased adaptability help optimize internal logistics without changing layout.

Platform Setup Base for shelves, latching  Trolley or robot arm mounting
Payload Up to 250 kg
Weight 83 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 800 x 580 x 300 mm
Localisation and Navigation Safety LIDARs on front and rear
Range = 15 m per LIDAR
Coverage = 360° about AMR
Safety Bumpers All 4 corners
Status Lights LED lights (Rainbow)
Battery Type and Lifespan 48V -34.2 Ah Lithium-NMC Battery Pack /10 hours or 15 km /1000 cycles or 3 years
Charge Time and Endurance 1 hour quick charge reach 80% level, 90 mins full charge.
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 20mm
Charger Type Manual charge / Auto-docking
Maximum Speed 2.0 m/s (7.2 km/h)
Direction and Turning Radius Bi-directional/spot turn
Slope < 3 degrees
Reaction to Obstacle Able to detect and change course up to 4m away, emergency stop at 35cm
Fleet Traffic Management Up to 100 robots
Operating System for Server Linux Ubuntu 16.04
Interface Web-based UI
Elevator and Door interface Through WISE device interface
WLAN Dual-band wireless AC/G/N/B
Software Interface MiR REST API
Clean Room Clean Room Certified
Ingress Protection (IP) Rating IP21
Electrostatic Discharge ESD Certified
International Safety Standards 5 safety functions according to ISO 13849-1, Standards: ISO/CD 3691-4, EN1525, ANSI B56.5,EMC: EN12895, EN61000-6-2, EN61000-6-4. ESD Approved

MiR 500

MiR500 is designed to automate the transportation of pallets and heavy loads across industries. With a total payload of 500 kg, and a footprint of 1350×920 mm, MiR500 is a large, powerful and robust collaborative, autonomous mobile robot.

Platform Setup For internal transportation of heavy loads and pallets within the industry and logistics
Payload Up to 500 kg
Weight 226 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 1350 x 909 x 320 mm
Localisation and Navigation Safety LIDARs on front and rear
Range = 15 m per LIDAR
Coverage = 360° about AMR
Safety Bumpers All 4 corners
Status Lights LED lights (Rainbow)
Battery Type and Lifespan 48V – 41.6Ah  Lithium-NMC Battery Pack /8 hours or 15km /1000 cycles or 3 years
Charge Time and Endurance Up to 3 hours (0-80%: 2 hours)
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 20mm
Charger Type Manual charge / Auto-docking
Maximum Speed 2.0 m/s (7.2 km/h)
Direction and Turning Radius Bi-directional/spot turn
Slope < 3 degrees
Reaction to Obstacle Able to detect and change course up to 4m away, emergency stop at 35cm
Fleet Traffic Management Up to 100 robots
Operating System for Server Linux Ubuntu 16.04
Interface Web-based UI
Elevator and Door interface Through WISE device interface
WLAN Dual-band wireless AC/G/N/B
Software Interface MiR REST API
Clean Room Clean Room Certified
Ingress Protection (IP) Rating IP21
Electrostatic Discharge NA
International Safety Standards 5 safety functions according to ISO 13849-1, Standards: ISO/CD 3691-4, EN1525, ANSI B56.5,EMC: EN12895, EN61000-6-2, EN61000-6-4.

MiR 1000

MiR1000 is designed to automate and optimize the internal transportation of heavy duties and pallets. With a total payload of 1000 kg, this is MiR’s most powerful robot, and even in highly dynamic environments it can transport heavy loads without any exterior safety measures.

Platform Setup For internal transportation of heavy loads and pallets within the industry and logistics
Payload Up to 1000 kg
Weight 230 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 1350 x 920 x 320 mm
Localisation and Navigation Safety LIDARs on front and rear
Range = 15 m per LIDAR
Coverage = 360° about AMR
Safety Bumpers All 4 corners
Status Lights LED lights (Rainbow)
Battery Type and Lifespan 48V – 41.6Ah  Lithium-NMC Battery Pack /8 hours or 15km/1000 cycles or 3 years
Charge Time and Endurance Up to 3 hours (0-80%: 2 hours)
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 20mm
Charger Type Manual charge / Auto-docking
Maximum Speed 1.2 m/s (4.3km/h)
Direction and Turning Radius Bi-directional/spot turn
Slope < 3 degrees
Reaction to Obstacle Able to detect and change course up to 4m away, emergency stop at 35cm
Fleet Traffic Management Up to 100 robots
Operating System for Server Linux Ubuntu 16.04
Interface Web-based UI
Elevator and Door interface Through WISE device interface
WLAN Dual-band wireless AC/G/N/B
Software Interface MiR REST API
Clean Room Clean Room Certified
Ingress Protection (IP) Rating IP21
Electrostatic Discharge NA
International Safety Standards 5 safety functions according to ISO 13849-1, Standards: ISO/CD 3691-4, EN1525, ANSI B56.5,EMC: EN12895, EN61000-6-2, EN61000-6-4.

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