OMRON Corporation announced that it will begin selling a new autonomous mobile robot (AMR) called the HD-1500. This new AMR boasts a heavy payload capacity of up to 1500 kg and extends the companies product capability by 6x (over the 250 kg platform). The LD-250 mobile robot was launched globally in the fall of 2019.
The new HD-1500 mobile robot has a 1500kg payload capacity which can be used to transport large automotive components, such as, car chassis and voluminous pallet size payloads – things that would have traditionally been moved using forklifts. It’s puts OMRON mobile robots into a whole new class of operational applications.
OMRON HD-1500 moves a car chassis (image courtesy of OMRON)
With the release of HD-1500, OMRON’s mobile robots achieve a seamless lineup of models that can transport a wide variety of items – from components to work in progress, finished products, and heavy material. OMRON’s industry-first “Fleet Manager” can control up to 100 mobile robots with different sizes, configurations and payload capacities under one system, thus enabling customers to utilize the HD-1500 together with OMRON’s existing robots – LD-60/90 and LD-250 – to automate the complex material transport and logistics applications with the optimum allocation of robots without traffic so that they can increase the total efficiency of material handling inside the factory.
The HD-1500 offers 360° safety coverage promoting a collaborative and safe working space. With the release of HD-1500, the stop position accuracy of the CAPS (Cell Alignment Positioning System) has also been improved. With the addition of the HD-1500, OMRON expands its position as a global leader in autonomous mobile robotics
“OMRON has invested many resources in helping customers realize an advanced and flexible manufacturing environment with our robotics technologies since the acquisition of U.S. based robotics company Adept Technology, Inc. in 2015, as part of OMRON’s ‘innovative-Automation’ initiative,” said Motohiro Yamanishi, Senior General Manager of the Robotics Business Development Project at OMRON’s Industrial Automation Company, adding, “The new HD-1500 mobile robot will be key in advancing that initiative a step further, by giving customers more choice when safely automating their material transport operation. This is an area rapidly being enhanced with mobile robots in industries worldwide as a method not just to meet labor shortage challenges but to manage the risks associated with the spread of the Coronavirus.”
“Onsite logistics, the movement of products and material within the factory and warehouse, is becoming a real bottleneck for many companies due to the frequency and tediousness of the job, compounded by rising labor costs and the need to meet social distancing protocols. Fast-paced manufacturing environments require speed and flexibility. OMRON’s HD-1500 mobile robot can help companies solve this issue because it can work 24 hours a day tirelessly, punctually, and safely in the same environment as people.” said Tom Mathias, President, and CEO of OMRON Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of robotics and safety solutions for manufacturing industries and part of OMRON’s Industrial Automation Business.
Highlights of the HD-1500 include:
Higher Payload and sturdier Structure: The HD-1500 addresses the market need to move pallet size payloads in manufacturing facilities and reducing the need for a forklift. Built with sturdy metal skins, the HD-1500 is robust and able to withstand heavy unintended external impacts. Onboard sensors are well protected as the robot completes demanding tasks.
Highly Mixed Fleet: Customers still obtain the ability to manage mobile fleets up to 100 robots, including the HD-1500. OMRON’s Fleet Manager allows a diverse mobile fleet to be controlled with the same system while achieving high performance and compatibility.
Faster ROI: As the need for greater efficiency in the workforce increases, the HD-1500 offers a solution to automate complex and dangerous tasks. Organizations can begin to phase out forklifts and safely transport large pallets containing finished goods, voluminous materials in the food and commodities industry, and automotive frames. Workers can now focus their attention on more vital tasks; allowing customers to load more, making fewer trips with heavier batches, and increasing ROI. With the HD-1500, customers can do more with less equipment.
Customizable: OMRON mobile fleets can be more diverse and still be controlled through the same system. The HD-1500 fits seamlessly into the larger OMRON mobile fleet, working together with other robots to optimize traffic management, battery management, and routing of vehicles. Customers can add the HD-1500 to their fleets without worrying about safety, compatibility, or performance.
Additional features include:
- Battery charges in 39 minutes to realize greater efficiency and less downtime.
- 360° safety scanning lasers used for simultaneous localization and safety functionality.
- Superior navigation using adaptive safety zones from LIDAR technology.
- Improved CAPS technology allows for better accuracy and repeatability for docking.