Autonomous mobile robots (AMR) have been helping many industries to create more efficient, streamlined workflows. AMRs work to improve logistical processes and in supply chains.

AMRs also work with material handling and other transportation modes, to constructing floorplans in warehouses. Because of all that they can offer warehouses, AMRs are valued for their contribution to company growth, productivity, and efficiency.

Autonomous mobile robots

Constant learning process

AMRs are constantly learning. They have the ability to adapt to many situations and self-correct their pathways while noticing and avoiding any potential obstructions. Because of this, AMRs are considered to be autonomous machines.

Technical terms

Autonomous mobile robots use a variety of sensors to help them to navigate around the workplace. While it is beyond the scope of this article to get into the details of the particulars of what each sensor can do, it never hurts to know what they are called:

• Rotation sensors
• Localization and Navigation
• Proprioception sensors
• Ranging sensors
• Odometric sensors


Fun fact: with the odometric, ranging, and proprioception sensors, an AMR will be able to travel around a warehouse safely.

Independent thinkers

AMRs independence stems from their initial programming which allows them to optimize their processes through noticing obstacles and not then remembering, or make decisions, for themselves. Through this programming, AMRs also prioritize tasks according to importance and to react to them if necessary. Through this process of learning, robots act reminiscent of human experience and learning.

Baby steps

The key is to think of AMRs much like a child. They must be taught what to do and how to do it before they can begin to conduct their actions to your satisfaction. It is not an immediate occurrence and so while it is worth it, it takes some time to programme AMRs to work according to the satisfaction of the company.