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It’s a lot…based on your perspective.  Similar to your home, it’s a significant investment.  Mobile robots typically fall into a financial category that would be considered a capital investment. In round numbers, the total investment can quickly approach $100,000 based on what is necessary for a successful deployment. Don’t worry, we will help drive your business case and calculate your Return-on-Investment (ROI). Often, we discover a two (2) year or less ROI for those leaders who have a purpose to repurpose.

40 days.  That is the number of business days we ask for once you have issued a purchase order with us.  We understand it can take months, if not a year(s) to reach a point in your business to be able to issue a purchase order.  OTTO may move at 4.5 MPH, but we will work with you and move at the speed you desire to travel.  Purpose Driven Mobile Robots will be alongside of you throughout the entire process, and we commit to not get in your way to ever slow you down.

Buzzwords…we promise not to use them in our discussion with you.

  • AGV is Automated Guided Vehicle.
  • SDV is Self-Driving Vehicle.
  • AMR is Autonomous Mobile Robot.
  • IMR is Industrial Mobile Robot.

They do vary slightly, but we will help you decide what is best for you. AGVs are still available today after being introduced in the 1950’s. OTTO Motors introduced SDVs/AMRs in 2009 and have been the pioneer in the mobile robot industry. IMR is becoming the category that mobile robots will fall under if used inside of manufacturing/logistics/distribution to be able to meet the new safety standard for mobile robots: ANSI/RIA R15.08-1…so sorry, more acronyms!

Yes.  Like any automation, safety is a top priority for us as it is for you.  Part of our discovery process early on is a risk assessment to determine the safe success we can mutually achieve.  Our factory certified team of engineers will work closely with your team, your EHS personnel, along with your leadership team to insure a safe deployment of the OTTO Motors® mobile robot Platform. Truth is there is a far greater chance someone will hit an OTTO with a piece of material handling equipment before OTTO would ever come into contact with a piece of equipment or a person.

If you went onto the web, ordered one, and had it ship direct to your facility, you would find there is a ton involved with getting them operational.  Fortunately, that’s what we do Every.Single.Day.  We exist to help you do the least amount possible if your purpose is to repurpose.  We are passionate to help people learn as little or as much as you would like along the way.

Honestly, we need to have a conversation to determine the answer to this question, as each customer and business is unique.  According to our customers, our process for discovery is quite simple and painless.  We sit with you and your decision making team to ask and answer all the questions that you, and we, have. Together, we share information, and in less than 90 minutes, one of two things typically happens.  You may determine that we are not a good fit and that is okay.  Our objective is to make certain you are comfortable to tell us that so we do not waste our collective time.  On the other hand, you may determine that it looks like we can help.  Then, we determine the next steps for how we will help you drive towards your business goals implementing autonomous mobile robots.  Only way to know for sure is to chat.

Bob Rhein, PennAir President & Purpose Driven Mobile Robots Division Manager, is available to help. 

Call or Text: 717-577-1600
Email: brhein@mobilerobots.ai

As a kid, you are taught to stop.drop.roll if your clothes are on fire.  Next time you walk into your manufacturing plant, stop.watch.call.  Stop first and look out across the facility.  Most of the movement you see is for material transfer and humans are typically the source of power and control pushing, pulling or riding.  Why watch experienced people perform lower value tasks when there is a better, proven, more reliable and safer way today.  Call to learn how to alleviate labor shortages by repurposing your people.

In my humble opinion, the most significant development in mobile robots the last four years is the new Mobile Robot Standard R15.08-1-2020 just released.  This now sets the standard to help insure safety is first and foremost in any industrial facility where mobile robots may be deployed.  To learn more, please click here to visit the RIA/A3 website:  Mobile Robot Standard

It was assumed that automotive or other high volume assembly plant environments were the only places where mobile robots could be used.  Today, the applications are limitless and the industries are broad.  Customers range from small, to mid size, to large enterprise wide businesses who desire to eliminate waste.  To get started, look for the low hanging fruit in your plant through your continuous improvement process.  Is there a person pushing a cart, pulling a pallet jack or riding a forklift.  If the answer is yes, call Bob at 717-577-1600 to start a conversation.

Now more than ever, the supply chain is being challenged to be more flexible, more dependable, more consistent and more responsive. Enormous amounts of money are lost due to chasing orders that are already in process.  It’s chaos and unless investments are made to automate some of these outdated processes, the problem will not end.  Baby boomers are retiring, millennials are pivoting, and GenZ’s are just beginning their journey.  Hire a mobile robot and it will work, just the way you expect.

Velocity is a key word as is throughput and optimization.  Most KPI scoreboards measure what’s most important and seek data that can be used to help drive change in a culture centered around continuous improvement.  Today, companies are looking at any ways of easing supply chain backlogs and one of the most common topics of conversation relates back to the implementation of mobile robots to alleviate the low value task of walking that occurs in manufacturing plants.  Many health and safety reports document multiple miles per day that a person walks on a cold, hard concrete floor doing the work assigned to them.  Why?

As the industry expands and more attachments and appliances are added to a mobile robot, the RIA has established the standard and classifications for mobile robots…what differentiates Autonomous (AMR) from Industrial (IMR) .  This invaluable work continues at Part 2 will be released in the future.  We have learned that not all rectangles are squares, but all squares are rectangles.  In similar light, not all AMRs are IMRs, but all IMR’s are AMRs.  To learn more, please click here to visit the RIA/A3 website:  R15.08 classifies three types of IMRs

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PennAir President, AMR Division Manager

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