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Robots work better together

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

The future of Robot fleet management is here! Unlimited Robotics solution allows robots to work as a fleet anywhere!

“Teamwork makes the dream work!” - That’s what my basketball coach made us shout every time before a big game. And as corny as it was, it was true; whenever we all played together as one cohesive unit, we would win as opposed to when each of us tried to show off our skills.

In robotics, this “teamwork” is called Fleet management, and Unlimited Robotics is now carving new grounds in this emerging field. Like a basketball team, a well-synchronized fleet of robots can accomplish much more than a group of individual robots.

In today's market, it's typical to see a factory with multiple autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) carrying out various production-related tasks. Therefore, it is necessary to have a tool that can manage a fleet of AMRs when multiple robots are deployed and optimize their performance. This requires a system that can synchronize all the robots to ensure that the fleet operates correctly and that their operations are profitable overall.

One of the most prominent examples of a fleet management system (FMS) can be found in Amazon’s warehouses, where hundreds of robots work in unison to move goods from storage to packaging. Each one of these robots performs a specific task entirely autonomously. Still, the FMS allows all the individual robots to move across the floor simultaneously without ever bumping into each other while assuring each robot follows an optimal route.

This type of FMS is glorious to behold, allowing the whole operation to run smoother; however, it comes with one major disadvantage - It isn’t flexible. For example, the amazon warehouse robots can only work inside the amazon warehouse. Each FMS must be calibrated to each specific warehouse, and every change in the warehouse structure requires a fresh new calibration.

Furthermore, for the FMS to function correctly, the area must be fixed and “sterile,” meaning no humans can enter the site, or the robots might bump into them.

Unlimited Robotics solution, on the other hand, works in a dynamic environment. The system still does everything Amazon’s FMS does but adds a layer of interaction between the robots and their environment. The system still tells every robot in the fleet where to go; however, at the same time, each robot constantly scans the environment around him and relays that information back to the system.

Unlimited Robotic’s FMS can create a map of the environment and update it in real time. This means that any changes in the workspace are addressed as they occur, and new paths are designated for each robot in the fleet as necessary. This creates a much more flexible and dynamic work environment that can be applied to the real world, as opposed to other methods that can only function in closed, sterile environments.

This opens FMS to a number of exciting new markets. Not confined to a dark warehouse, robots of all shapes and sizes can now work together in Hospitals, Hotels, Retailers, Schools, or any other dynamic, Real world environment. Best of all, Unlimited Robotics’ solution is not limited just to their own robots; instead, it works on (pretty much) ANY robot capable of communicating in real-time with their universal FMS.

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