OMRON Corporation started selling a new mobile robot called the LD-250 from November 15, 2019, with a payload capacity of 250kg. The company has also introduced a new industry-first Fleet Manager which will enable the control of multiple mobile robots with different payloads through one system. It will contribute to realising a more flexible and optimized the autonomous material transport system, the company said. Customers can now order the new LD-250 globally through OMRON’s sales offices worldwide.
“OMRON has been putting great resources in helping customers realize flexible manufacturing with our robotics technologies since the acquisition of U.S. based robotics company Adept Technology, Inc. in 2015, as part of OMRON’s ‘innovative-Automation’ initiative. The new LD-250 will be key in advancing that initiative a step further, by giving customers more choice when automating their material transport operation, an area rapidly being enhanced with mobile robots in industries worldwide,” said Motohiro Yamanishi, Senior General Manager of the Robotics Business Development Project at OMRON’s Industrial Automation Company.
The new LD-250 mobile robot has almost double the surface area, so it can be used to transport large automotive components such as transmission blocks and voluminous packaging materials – things that would traditionally be moved by human workers using carts. To optimize the autonomous material transport system, customers will use OMRON’s industry-first Fleet Manager, which can control a diverse fleet of up to 100 of OMRON’s mobile robots that can consist of different payloads and capabilities, by conducting traffic management, battery management, and navigation of vehicles.
Tom Mathias, President and CEO of OMRON Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of robotics and safety solutions for manufacturing industries and part of OMRON’s Industrial Automation Business, said, “Onsite logistics, the movement of products and material within the factory and warehouse, is becoming a real bottleneck for many companies due to the frequency and tediousness of the job, compounded by rising labour costs. OMRON’s mobile robots can help companies solve this issue because they can work 24 hours a day tirelessly, punctually, and safely in the same environment as people.”
OMRON will be exhibiting the new LD-250 at the International Robot Exhibition 2019 to be held in Tokyo, Japan, on December 18-21, 2019.
According to the company, The LD-250 is built with sturdier metal skins that can withstand unintended external impacts and more demanding duties. It can also automate the transportation of bulky materials that would traditionally be moved around by people using carts. These would include items such as transmission blocks, seats, or wire harnesses in the automotive industry, as well as voluminous packaging materials in the food and commodities industry. The LD-250 will help companies that are increasingly urged to shift workers from material transport operations to other higher value-added tasks.
The new robot allows customers to load more onto a mobile robot, making fewer trips with heavier batches, increasing the return on investment. It offers the most customizable mobile solution for industrial environments. The LD-250 can easily be customized with conveyor tops, courier systems, and adaptive material handling mechanics to create a solution that best meets customer needs, the company said.