Locus Robotics Shows Off Heavy Payload Vector and Max at Automate 2023

Locus highlights 'full, end-to-end' product movement capabilities for manufacturing and industrial applications.

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Locus Robotics is showing its autonomous mobile robots and LocusONE software at Automate.
Locus Robotics is showing its heavy-duty and highly maneuverable autonomous mobile robots, as well as its LocusONE platform for warehouses at Automate 2023 in Detroit.

DETROIT—Locus Robotics is showing its Vector and Max high-payload autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, at Automate 2023 this week. The company is demonstrating them at Booth 4432 alongside its LocusONE warehouse automation platform.

“We are thrilled to unveil our game-changing Vector and Max AMRs at the prestigious Automate Show,” stated Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, in a press release.

“These revolutionary robots, combined with our powerful LocusONE software platform, empower manufacturing and warehouse operators to transform their operations, boost productivity, and streamline their product movement and fulfillment workflows within a single, coordinated platform,” he said. “We invite attendees to experience firsthand the immense potential of our cutting-edge technology.”

The Wilmington, Mass.-based company claimed that its AMRs can collaborate with human workers to double or triple product movement and productivity. Locus acquired Vector and Max with Waypoint Robotics in 2021 and passed 1 billion picks in September 2022.

Earlier this month, DHL Supply Chain announced that it plans to grow its fleet of Locus robots across its facilities worldwide.

Multiple mobile robots at Automate

“Automate, known for its convergence of innovation, technology, and automation, provides an ideal platform to demonstrate the advanced heavy-capacity capabilities of ... award-winning AMR solutions,” said Locus Robotics. The company noted that its integrated systems can enhance manufacturing and warehouse productivity and efficiency.

Locus Vector is designed for small to midsize payloads in material handling and logistics applications. Built with an industrial-strength chassis, omnidirectional mobility, and compact design, the AMR can be deployed in a wide range of environments.

Vector can tackle a variety of material handling tasks requiring payload capacities up to 600 lb., said Locus. The robot uses state-of-the-art sensors and algorithms to maneuver through dynamic warehouses, significantly reducing cycle times and improving order-fulfillment rates, the company said.

Locus Max is an AMR that can handle larger payloads with ease, added Locus Robotics. It combines maneuverability, strength, and stability with intelligent task-allocation capabilities, promising to improve workflow efficiency and safety in demanding manufacturing and industrial settings.

In addition, Locus showed LocusONE, which it described as “the industry's first data science-driven warehouse automation platform for enterprise-wide AMR deployments and performance management in brownfield or greenfield environments.”

The LocusONE platform enables distribution centers and warehouses of any size to operate a single, coordinated fleet encompassing multiple AMR form factors, said Locus. It intuitive interface “empowers warehouse operators with real-time, actionable insights enabling them to monitor, manage, and optimize their operations with ease,” the company asserted.

About Locus Robotics

By seamlessly integrating humans and robots, Locus Robotics said it empowers warehouses “to achieve unmatched productivity and stay ahead in today's dynamic market.”

Named to the Inc. 500 two years in a row, and winning over 17 industry and technology awards, the company claimed that its systems can dramatically increase productivity, lower operational costs, and improve workplace ergonomics.

Supporting more than 100 of the world's top brands and deployed at over 250 sites around the world, Locus Robotics said enables retailers, third-party logistics providers (3PLs), and specialty warehouses to efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of today's fulfillment environments.

Editor's note: For more about Automate 2023, visit Robotics 24/7's special coverage page.

To ensure accuracy and timing in their supply chain, Cardinal Health turned to autonomous mobile robots from Locus Robotics.

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Locus Robotics is showing its autonomous mobile robots and LocusONE software at Automate.

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