OMRON launches new integrated AMR offerings with lifter, roller modules from ROEQ

Companies partnered to offer new OMRON AMRs with ROEQ features, Assist software


New OMRON AMR's with ROEQ features enable more lifting capacity.
OMRON announced two new AMRs with lifter and roller modules along with software from ROEQ for safety compliant movements in facilities.

Businesses looking to deploy autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in their facility often realize that an AMR without a top module is like a robot arm without a gripper.

A lifter top module enables an AMR to drive underneath the cargo, lift it up and transport it to the desired location. A top roller makes sure that the cargo is seamlessly transferred from the AMR to a conveyor station. The combination of robot and features provides a fully-automated, efficient logistics cycle.

OMRON recently launched two new mid-range AMRs – the MD-650 and MD-900 – in the U.S. and Canada, with mobile robotic equipment from ROEQ, delivering safe and reliable material goods transfers.

Expanded features in OMRON offerings

“Manufacturers are adopting AMR technology at a staggering rate as the world moves forward from the supply chain crisis inflicted by the pandemic,” said Kyle Hable, group product manager at OMRON Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc. “It’s never been more important to launch complete, out of the box solutions accelerating production automation projects.”

Incorporated into the new MD-650 and MD-900 AMRs are lifter and roller features from ROEQ:

  • TML500/TML750 Lifter: A versatile flat top lifter enabling the MD-series to safely pick up, transport, and drop off pallets and cargo up to 510 kg (1,120 lbs) with the MD-650, and 760 kg (1,680 lbs) with MD-900. A new ROEQ PR750 Pallet Rack is also available with a space saving multi-rack option. An optional ROEQ Cargo Sensor Kit provides additional control to ensure goods stay in place on the AMR. The Lifter is available for both U.S. and European pallets.
  • TR600/TR700 Roller: A heavy-duty top roller allowing the MD-series to pick up and deliver heavy goods, up to 675kg (1,490 lbs) between conveyor stations. The offering includes the ROEQ GuardCom system, which provides additional safety and efficiency when transferring between the top roller and the receiving station, using sensor technology.

Both modules come with ROEQ Assist software for fast and consistent set up, and are compliant with safety standards. A ROEQ cart, boosting the payload capacity of the MD-series, will be released later in 2024.

For the lifter, the ROEQ Assist software combines the three building blocks – AMR, lifter module and pallet rack – into a cohesive offering that works as one. The same goes for the roller, where AMR, roller module and the GuardCom System all are configured by ROEQ Assist.

“Each company added their unique product know-how, resulting in a synergetic development process,” said Michael Ejstrup Hansen, managing director at ROEQ.

The integrated OMRON/ROEQ AMRs will make their public U.S. debut at MODEX in Atlanta in March 2024. The offerings will be on display at the ROEQ Booth, located at A10912. Both organizations will have other robots and lifter/roller features on display at the conference.

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New OMRON AMR's with ROEQ features enable more lifting capacity.

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