Mobile robots are entering new territory usually reserved for humans and manned vehicles. In warehouses and distribution centers, to factory floors, and now laboratories and office spaces, we can expect to see these free-ranging robots in more scale.
These are more than just mobile pack mules. These robots have on-board intelligence and real-time adaptive capabilities that broaden their approach. A year flew by since we published our primer, Mobile Robots and Intralogistics the Always-On Supply Chain. The market is now stacked with more choices, combinations and applications. A plethora of variations that pose new challenges for safety standards writers racing to keep up. Mobile robot platform coupled with a dual-arm articulated robot works autonomously processing parts for lights-out manufacturing. Many of these mobile platforms are already in practice or in pilot programs around the world.
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