ABB Launches First AMR with Visual SLAM AI Technology

ABB Robotics has announced its first Flexley Tug T702 autonomous mobile robot equipped with AI-based Visual SLAM navigation technology and the new AMR Studio software. These new capabilities enable first-time robot users to easily program and operate entire fleets of mobile robots. Moreover, they simplify configuration and can reduce commissioning time by up to 20 percent. Thus, it paves the way for a workplace where intelligent robots operate autonomously amid a critical shortage of skilled labor.

Following our acquisition of Sevensense in January, I’m pleased (to announce that) we are offering our first AMR with AI-based Visual SLAM technology and AMR Studio software. With this combination in our mobile robots, we offer unmatched intralogistics flexibility and scalability for ABB’s customers, in an environment that is shifting from linear production to dynamic networks of manufacturing,” said Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics.

“The AMR T702 is a perfect match for a wide range of industries. Among them are automotive, consumer goods sector or logistics, especially in large warehouses and fulfillment centers where their surroundings may be constantly changing,” continued Segura.

The Flexley Tug T702 mobile robot with AI-based Visual SLAM navigation technology and new AMR Studio software.

Mainly, the latest announcement follows the acquisition of Swiss start-up Sevensense in January as ABB continues to expand its portfolio to meet the growing market for mobile robots. Specifically, the AMR market might expand at 20 percent CAGR through 2026, from $5.5 to $9.5 billion.1

The Power of Visual SLAM Plus AMR Studio

Combining AI and 3D vision, Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (Visual SLAM) technology enables AMRs to make intelligent decisions. It can differentiate between fixed and mobile objects in dynamic environments. Specifically, using Visual SLAM, the robots can create a map used to operate independently. Thus, it reduces commissioning time from weeks to days. Also, it enables fully autonomous operation in highly complex, dynamic environments alongside people. Maps are constantly updated and shared across the fleet. Accordingly, they offers instant scalability without interrupting operations and greater flexibility compared to other navigation technologies.

Further, the new capabilities offered by Visual SLAM are enhanced by ABB’s AMR Studio® software. Particularly, it enables inexperienced users to easily create and configure AMR routes and jobs, with no programming knowledge needed.  Moreover, AMR Studio® streamlines the process of setting up an entire AMR fleet from start to finish. Therefore, it guides users through the necessary steps, from environment mapping to mission generation and system configuration.

Once the fleet is up and running, AMR Studio® Fleet Manager puts users in full control of what is happening on the shop floor. Intelligent order assignment uses powerful algorithms to ensure that orders are distributed efficiently. Meanwhile, real-time visualization and data monitoring provide full traceability. Also, the software’s flexible, user-friendly user interface makes AMR fleets more easily scalable. It puts users directly in control of system modifications and adding new routes. ABB will continue to expand its AMR portfolio with Visual SLAM navigation technology and AMR Studio®.

ABB will showcase a T702 equipped with Visual SLAM and AMR Studio at the LogiMAT tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany from March 19-21, in Hall 6, booth D31. For more information, including a free ticket and registration for the booth tour, visit ABB Logimat.

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-20 March 2024-