OTTO Motors announced today that it has launched the next generation of its heavy-class autonomous mobile robot for materials handling. The OTTO 1500 is designed to autonomously move pallet-scale loads up to 1,900 kg (4,189 lb.) through busy factories and warehouses. With a top speed of 2 meters per second (4.4 mph), OTTO 1500 can swiftly and safely deliver more payload than any other robot in its class, claimed the company.
Kitchener, Ontario-based OTTO Motors is a division of Clearpath Robotics, which in January added $5 million in financing to its Series C round of $43.4 million. OTTO's customers include General Electric and Toyota.
“Innovative companies are taking the leap and building their factories of the future right now,” stated Matt Rendall, co-founder and CEO of OTTO Motors. “OTTO fleets are helping make this possible as we install some of the world’s largest AMR fleets globally. Our new OTTO 1500 benefits from nearly a decade of continuous improvement and harnesses the full potential of our autonomous control software.”
OTTO Motors builds on experience
OTTO Motors first introduced its OTTO 1500 autonomous mobile robot (AMR) in 2015. It has since been deployed in Fortune 500 factories around the world, accumulating more than 1 million hours of mission-critical experience, said the company. Along with its small and mid-sized counterparts, OTTO 100 and OTTO 750, the OTTO 1500 uses control software with more than 3 million hours of driving experience.
“Maximizing productivity in material handling is really about moving more materials, faster,” said Jay Judkowitz, vice president of product at OTTO Motors. “The new OTTO 1500 has been designed to provide the highest throughput, all without compromising safety.”
The new AMR builds upon the OTTO 1500 chassis and powertrain. The company said it has overhauled its control system to use only off-the-shelf industrial components, each selected for improved reliability, to maximize uptime.
“We analyzed every detail affecting AMR productivity and challenged ourselves to do more,” Judkowitz said. “We developed a patent-pending adaptive safety fieldset that improves average vehicle speed. We’ve designed superchargers to minimize time spent charging. We even made maintenance faster with easy access panels. Every detail of the OTTO 1500 has been crafted to maximize productivity.”
OTTO 1500 intended for safety, speed
Unlike manual pallet jacks and forklifts, the OTTO 1500 is an “always-on” AMR that moves heavy payloads with speed, safety, and agility in dynamic environments, said the company. OTTO 1500 is most commonly used to connect existing automated processes, such as machining centers, welding cells, packaging cells, palletizers, or stretch wrappers.
“OTTO is the best AMR that I’ve worked with; ensuring the right materials are delivered safely and efficiently every time,” said Tony Margiotta, president of Sunview Patio Doors. “OTTO has exceeded our expectations, and Phase 2 of implementation is already under way to expand our fleet.”
Fleet services offered
OTTO Motors added that it offers comprehensive fleet-service plans and a global network of certified partners for lifecycle fleet management.
“At Mauser Packaging, we are continually innovating our processes and technology to improve our productivity,” said Wojciech Tymczak, corporate automation engineer at Mauser Packaging. “OTTO has become a trusted partner in helping us automate our material handling, building great products as well as enabling us to maintain, service and upgrade our fleet as our needs evolve. That type of support is really unmatched.”
“Because they’ve been in the market now for so many years, they understand the challenges and needs we face, and so we’re excited to see things like the ability for the next generation OTTO 1500 to fit in tighter spaces without sacrificing productivity or safety,” he said.