Autonomous Material Handling (AMH)

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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.


 
 

Analytics (sConnect)


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 / downtime

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)


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.

Fleet Manager


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.

Infrastructure Accessibility (sInfra)

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.

Workflow Control (sWorkflow)


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

 

APPLICATIONS

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

Connected factory




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.

Industrial IoT

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.

Smart inter-logistics


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.

 

SYSTEM BENEFITS

How AMH offerings can benefit your inter-logistic operations


 

Continuous Performance Improvement



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.

Efficiency Gains



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.

Flexible and Adaptive Operating Zone



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.

 

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 250

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.
 

Specification

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 600

MiR 600

The MiR600 is a stronger and safer AMR. The MiR600 is compliant with the highest available robot standards making it superior to other AMRs on the market. With increased ability to withstand dust particles and fluids along with being compliant to the highest safety standards on the market, the MiR600 is safer, more stable and more reliable than other AMRs on the market.
 

Specification

Platform Setup For internal transportation of heavy loads and pallets within the industry and logistics
Payload Up to 600 kg
Weight 229 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 1350 x 910 x 322 mm
Localisation and Navigation
2 pcs microScan3 (front and rear)

 

360° visual protection around robot

Safety Bumpers All 4 corners
Status Lights LED lights (Rainbow)
Battery Type and Lifespan
Lithium ion

 

47.7 V nominal, minimum 41 V, maximum 54 V

Minimum 3 000 cycles

Charge Time and Endurance 15 min = 2 h 45 min (1:11)
30 min = 5 h 45 min (1:12)
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 29mm
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 IP52
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 1350

MiR 1350

The MiR1350 is the most powerful AMR from MiR to date. The MiR1350 is compliant with the highest available robot standards making it superior to other AMRs on the market.
 

Specification

Platform Setup For internal transportation of goods and automation of internal logistics
Payload Up to 1350 kg
Weight 233 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H) 1350 x 910 x 322 mm
Localisation and Navigation 2 pcs microScan3 (front and rear)
360° visual protection around robot
Safety Bumpers All 4 corners
Status Lights LED light band
Battery Type and Lifespan

Lithium ion

47.7 V nominal, minimum 41 V, maximum 54 V

Minimum 3 000 cycles

Charge Time and Endurance 15 min: 1:12 (3 h runtime, no payload)
30 min: 1:12,5 (6 h 15 min runtime, no payload)
15 min: 1:9 (2 h 15 min runtime, maximum payload)
Traverse Sill and Gap Sill: 10mm, Gap: 29mm
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 IP52
Electrostatic Discharge NA
International Safety Standards
EN61000-6-2, EN61000-6-4, (EN12895)

 

CE, EN1525, ANSI B56.5, ISO3691-4, RIA15.08,
ISO13849-1


 

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