Automotive parts maker Continental AG will present its autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, for the international market at the LogiMAT 2022 trade show next week.
Hanover, Germany-based Continental said its years of experience with robotics have helped it add mobile robots to its portfolio.
“We are pleased to confirm that from now on, volume production of the AMRs has started in Continental’s Rheinböllen plant in Germany with the first external customer projects slated to be delivered,” said Pierre Pomper, head of autonomous mobile robots at Continental. “Continental complements its in-house capabilities with a partner ecosystem of technology leaders Kinexon and ROEQ to provide customers a leading-edge AMR solution out of one hand.”
Continental says its AMRs are versatile, maneuverable
Since 2020, Continental has successfully deployed its AMRs at several of its production locations worldwide. The company said it built its mobile robots in-house to meet the demands and challenges of factories that are taking advantage of automation and artificial intelligence.
With measurements of only 1,455 mm (57 in.) length, 630 mm (24 in.) width, and 225 mm (8.8 in.) height, the AMRs can carry significant loads up to 1.2 tons (2,400 lb.) at a speed of up to 2.0 meters (6.5 ft.) per second, the company said.
Continental partners with Kinexon
Continental said it is partnering with Munich, Germany-based software company Kinexon for its AMRs. As an add on, Continental’s customers can use Kinexon’s fleet management software.
“We developed a reliable and scalable fleet management software in collaboration with Continental, which increases the flexibility and performance of our customers AMR fleets, said Alexander Hüttenbrink, managing director at Kinexon.
“Additionally, we offer an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) system for connecting relevant things of the material flow such as AMRs,” he said. “Our holistic fleet management software combines this information in real time to optimize supply chains, material flow, and industrial automation even more.”
Continental AMRs compatible with ROEQ accessories
Continental said it is able to offer its AMRs with different top modules. Customers can choose between cart/rack and lifting unit use cases. Thanks to its close collaboration with ROEQ, an AMR accessory provider, Continental can now also offer top roller modules for transferring loads between AMRs and conveyors.
At LogiMAT, an AMR with top roller module from ROEQ will be shown as a world premiere, the company said.
“We are excited to team up with a strong partner like Continental,” said Michael E. Hansen, managing director at ROEQ. “We are on a path of significant growth, and I am convinced that our collaboration will provide customers with a wider choice of better and more robust solutions to meet their logistic challenges.”
LogiMat will take place from May 31 to June 2 in Stuttgart, Germany. Continental will be at Hall 2, Booth EF15.