ABB unveils AMR with Visual SLAM AI technology

ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Friday, 17 May, 2024

ABB unveils AMR with Visual SLAM AI technology

ABB Robotics has announced its first Flexley Tug T702 autonomous mobile robot equipped with AI-based Visual SLAM navigation technology and the company’s AMR Studio software, which ABB says will enable first-time robot users to easily program and operate entire fleets of mobile robots. The new capabilities are designed to simplify configuration and to reduce commissioning time by up to 20%.

“Following our acquisition of Sevensense in January, I’m pleased to offer our first AMR with AI-based Visual SLAM technology and AMR Studio software,’ said Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics. “This combination of mobile robotics and leading AI-powered navigation technology brings unmatched intralogistics flexibility and scalability for ABB’s customers, in an environment that is shifting from linear production to dynamic manufacturing networks.

“The T702 AMR is a perfect match for a wide range of industries, such as automotive, consumer goods or logistics, especially in large, busy warehouses and fulfilment centres where the environment is constantly changing.”

The latest announcement follows the acquisition of Swiss startup Sevensense in January as ABB continues to expand its range to meet the growing market for mobile robots, which is expected to expand at a rate of 20% CAGR through 2026, from US$5.5–$9.5 billion.

Using Visual Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (Visual SLAM), the robots equipped with 3D vision can create a map that is used to operate independently, reducing commissioning time from weeks to days and enabling fully autonomous operation in highly complex, dynamic environments alongside people. Maps are constantly updated and shared across the fleet, offering instant scalability without interrupting operations, and greater flexibility compared to other navigation technologies.

Image caption: AMR T702 Visual SLAM with AMR Studio.

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