Seven key benefits of investing in autonomous mobile robots
Increased competition and striving for efficiency are driving companies to find fresh solutions that maximize productivity. One of these solutions is investing in autonomous mobile robots (AGVs/AMRs).
Here are a few potential benefits of this investment for your business:
- INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Automating repetitive and tedious tasks is an effective way to increase productivity. Autonomous mobile robots can perform these tasks quickly, accurately, and constantly. This frees up workers to focus on more complex, value-added tasks.
- IMPROVE ACCURACY AND PRODUCT QUALITY
Eliminating human error improves accuracy and product quality. Robots can perform tasks with consistent accuracy, which significantly reduces production errors. Furthermore, the ability to control and monitor processes in real-time helps prevent errors before they occur.
- ALLEVIATE THE LABOR SHORTAGE
Robots can run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, companies can maximize their production capacity without being handcuffed by employees’ schedules. When repetitive tasks are automated with robots, workers also have more time for more important, complex tasks.
- INCREASE SAFETY
Using robots to automate hazardous or difficult tasks reduces the risks for workers. Real-time monitoring of production processes carried out by robots can help detect and prevent potentially hazardous situations. This can lead to a decrease in accident- and injury-related costs.
- SAFE ACCESS TO HAZARDOUS AREAS
Robots can be used in high-risk areas, such as radioactive environments or confined spaces, thus eliminating the risk of endangering workers’ lives. Robots are also equipped with advanced sensors and specialized tools for accessing hard-to-reach areas.
- INCREASE RELIABILITY AND DURABILITY
Autonomous mobile robots are designed to operate efficiently and for long durations, thanks to their superior-quality technological equipment and robust components. They are more reliable and easier to maintain – not to mention more cost-effective – than manual systems. They can also be programmed to perform automatic predictive maintenance diagnostics, which helps detect potential problems before they cause damage. Driver behavior can affect vehicle durability. Since robots are autonomous, this factor is eliminated from the equation.
- IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY
Autonomous mobile robots are designed to adapt quickly to production changes. They are easy to move from one area to another to meet specific needs and adapt to demand. Furthermore, they can be programmed to carry out a variety of tasks, making them much more versatile than manual systems. This allows companies to leverage technology without having to invest in expensive infrastructure for each new task.
AGVs/AMRs bring considerable long-term economic benefits. These systems pay for themselves very quickly, are reliable and offer an excellent return on investment.
Stephan Elliott, B.Eng., Vice President of Business Development
Noovelia – Autonomous Mobile Robots Division