Successive technological developments had great impacts on the industry, shook all our understandings to the core and shattered classical production approaches. Consequently, industrial settings are rapidly and significantly changing as the 4th Industrial Revolution diffuses into marketplace while competition and customer expectations hit all-time-high levels. As an essential Industry 4.0 component, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are one of the crucial technological developments facilitating time, cost and operation management while enabling integrated business applications, says Mr. Hasan Olmez – Co-Founder of Milvus Robotics, company name literally meaning a bird at sparrow hawk family
Since the day it was founded in METU Technopark (Ankara, Turkey) in 2011, Milvus Robotics dedicated their hard work to develop hi-tech robotics solutions featuring prominent engineering applications including Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with the purpose of providing high quality innovations for their business partners. With the mission of deploying robotic technology in human environments in a more practical, accessible and beneficial fashion than ever, the company specializes in autonomous mobile robots. They developed a customizable mobile research platform, MRP2 and a smart service robot, Robin. In the last 2 years, the wind of change accompanied by the profound impacts of 4th Industrial Revolution lead the team to design their own Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR), SEIT100 and SEIT500 with 100 kg and 500 kg maximum load capacity respectively. Currently, their interdisciplinary team engages in various R&D fields in relation with Industry 4.0. The company undertakes software and hardware design, test and production processes of their products. Mr. Olmez indicates that different perspectives in the team are a great strength and this collaboration ensures software/hardware design and even the design approach to be highly innovative as well as unique.
AMRs play an important role in the industry, as they are able to undertake material-handling tasks without needing any human intervention. In other words, AMRs are smart robots performing loading, transporting-transferring, unloading tasks with the ability to respond and react to different physical conditions. Contrary to classical AGV systems, they are able sense an obstacle on their way and change the path, i.e. go around the obstacle. That being said, AMRs introduce a great amount of industrial flexibility and scalability, as robots are able to adapt to outer environment, eliminating the need to adjust the environment according to the robot in classical models.
Integrated factory concept is neither new nor fully achieved in today’s industry. New generation AMRs are able to push the boundaries even further through IoT and specialized software. For instance, SEIT robots are able to communicate with other devices in the plant, open doors and use elevators. On top of that, SEIT robots’ fleet management software can be integrated with the pre-existing enterprise management systems or custom-built databases. This enhances data collection capacity of the business, and consequently induces further business improvements.
AMRs are infamous for stealing human jobs and therefore creating a potential unemployment. However, it should be kept in mind that AMRs are replacing human labor where the job itself is dangerous, repetitive or heavy. Mr. Olmez highlights that this is a paradigm shift rather than a simple job replacement. He adds, “Those who were previously employed in heavy jobs should be trained within the company in a way such that their work delivers higher added value and more advanced intellectual contribution.”
AMRs are widely used in industrial setting, and their market share is increasing day by day. In addition to that, hospitals and health services might be a new market for SEIT robots, as indicated by Mr. Olmez. The company already entered international market especially in FMCG sector and currently increasing their recognition in the globe, and they plan to achieve 500,000 USD export volume in 2018. They also signaled a branch office in the USA in the near future.
— Business Ankara (@BusinessAnkara) August 8, 2017