the autonomous mobile robot market is taking off like a rocket ship
The market is breaking out.
In the 20 years I have been doing market research, I have never seen the growth that this market is going through.
Autonomous mobile robot (AMRs)
Is a form of automatically guiding the vehicle (AGVs)
This can be achieved without any supporting infrastructure, such as marking, wires or magnets that implant a floor or precisely positioned laser target.
There are two types of AMRs-
Those based on fleet management and systems that rely on picking optimization: picking optimization section driven by the growth of e-commerce
So far, business is a fast-growing area.
Two of the larger suppliers of such solutions are 6 River Systems and trajectory robots.
Jerome dubuwa co-founder and co-founder
6 The CEO of River Systems told me that their bookings were nearly six times higher than in 2017 (
This is a calendar year to study in 2018)
The number of systems they deployed has nearly tripled, and the number of staff has increased by 150%.
\"So growth is happening --
We have had a series of projects in progress since the medium term. year.
Business is booming!
\"Lior Elazary, CEO of InVia robotics, also reported an astonishing increase.
InVia robotics is also competing in the field of selection and optimization, where a layer of robot control software co-controls the movement of workers and robots.
\"We now have more than 300 robots in this field, and it is expected to increase by 1000 this year alone.
\"The demand is even higher, but their ability is limited.
\"One of the factors that limit our growth is that most customers need to deploy robots while they are currently operating.
That said, they still need to complete all orders when launching our robotic system in parallel.
So we have designed our system to accept arbitrary workflows so that we can use their existing workflows and deploy them quickly.
This allows our customers to deploy the system without any development, so that we can integrate the system into the current process, deploy the robot and move to the next customer.
\"Retail warehouses have become very busy over the past year as they need to scale up to support the surge in Christmas orders. Both Mr. Elazary and Mr.
Dubois reports that customers are basically reluctant to deploy at this time of year. Mr.
Elazary said, \"all of our deployments and robots need to be completed by September.
\"So we don\'t have a whole year to generate revenue,\" We lost our last quarter for any deployment.
\"Not only did we hear the story from suppliers.
At the ARC Consulting Group Forum in Orlando, Florida, Alan McDonald, senior director of GEODIS continuous improvement, talked about why they bought as many AMRs as possible, and their suppliers are trajectory robots, because they can get their hands.
GEODIS is one of the largest logistics service providers (LSPs)in the world.
The shortage of labor in the warehouse is what prompted GEODIS to explore the use of robots in the warehouse. Mr.
McDonald pointed out that the labor force is harder to find today, which makes the labor cost higher.
\"It was much easier to find Labor 10 years ago.
We cannot fill every role today.
\"One of the problems with the tight labor market is that people will take a job, but they will move to another position before the official start or within a week or two.
This leads to a significant waste of training costs.
GEODIS has seen many benefits since the deployment of trajectory robots.
The company has 175 robots and more than 3 facilities.
Since the deployment, the productivity has doubled, and the training time has been reduced by 50%.
These systems are available to native English speakers compared to barcode scanners.
Depending on the facility, the return period ranges from 6 months to 18 months.
In the supply chain,
The annual repayment period is the norm.
Any return period under one year is excellent!
But the fleet management is also growing rapidly.
Dirk Erlacher, CEO of agiox, reports that their sales have more than doubled from 2017 to 2018, and based on very strong bookings, they expect sales to grow 400% again in 2019.
Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics, also reported an astonishing increase.
Fetch also plays a role in fleet management.
\"Our growth is not limited too much.
If I have to choose a reason, I am not very familiar with AMRs in general.
Many companies that buy robots from the United States have never bought AMR before.
Our customers and prospects are not very good yet.
Proficient in how to acquire, implement, and measure return on investment.
We strive to make this as easy as possible for them, but there are often some potential concerns due to the novelty of our products.
I saw a great passion for our cloud.
We call it \"the first method\"
\"Thanks to the cloud and our software, we started and ran AMRs in a few hours.
Taking time seriously can alleviate the concerns I mentioned earlier.
This means that pilots can transition to deployment very quickly.
Mobile industrial robot (MiR)
The story is the same as that of Vecna Robotics.
\"Vecna Robotics have experienced tremendous growth in the past year,\" said Dan Patt, CEO of Vecna . \".
\"We work with three of the five major logistics companies, including FedEx.
Our income tripled year-on-year, nearly double the same period last year.
Ed Mullen, vice president of sales for America at MiR, said, \"We also expect rapid growth in 2018, which is correct for us at least . \".
Our customers are mainly large multinational companies such as Toyota, Honeywell, Faurecia, Nidec and Flex. in 2018, many of them were tested from 1-
Deploy 2 robots on a single plant, and deploy a large fleet of up to 20 robots in multiple factories around the world.
\"The company grew by 160%.
In terms of growth constraints,
\"We don\'t see a lot,\" Mullen said.
\"In fact, if there is any new pricing model that will generate growth in this market. \"RaaS (
Robot as a Service)
It\'s a huge topic.
MiR will soon start offering rental options through external partners.
The rental option means we are now able to offer a more flexible payment solution.
This will enable more companies to adopt the new technology.
Many of our current and potential customers would like to lease our mobile robots in the form of rental electronic pallet lifts and AGVs (
Guide vehicle automatically)
, Rent or lease within 95% of the time.
Companies want to invest in their core business, not machines.
\"From 2017 to 2018, our research did find a significant increase in RaaS pricing options.
Again, it\'s not just the supplier touting the AMRs of the fleet management style.
At the ARC forum, Taylor Wolfe, director and solution architect at frame bridge, is one of the participants in the AMR Group.
The frame bridge is an electron.
Commercial custom frame company that allows customers to upload or post works of art or photography.
As the company develops, it knows that it no longer relies on the components of the custom frame process that employees move through their trucks throughout the warehouse.
This system means that most of the time workers are just walking around the factory, not doing value-added work.
The extraction robot will automatically move the components to different assembly stations within the facility without the need for employees to move.
Some robots are also equipped with RFID readers, which allows workers to know exactly any artwork in the warehouse at any time.
Work with the company to process hundreds of custom artwork and workin-
This process is often difficult to locate, which is very important.
One of the concerns of AMRs is how warehouse workers interact with robots.
In a week or two, employees get used to seeing robots running around the warehouse and not worrying about collisions. Mr.
Wolff said the return on investment in the framework bridge is very high.
Depending on how the robot is used, the return time range ranges from 3 to 12 months.
He estimated that the indirect time spent by employees carrying items in the warehouse was reduced by 70%.
The market for autonomous mobile robots is a very young market.