10 Materials Handling Robotics Takeaways From MODEX 2022


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Mobile robot vendors grow their fleets

​AMRs may not yet be commoditized, but there were plenty of options for MODEX attendees.

Industrial automation company ABB showed its ASTI line, which it acquired last year. Zebra, which acquired Fetch Robotics, demonstrated its integrated hardware and software.

While Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) was absent, albeit in a few partner booths such as that of ROEQ, autonomous forklift provider VisionNav Robotics and AMR and AGV battery supplier Flux Power were present.

Seegrid unveiled its Palion Lift AMR (shown), which is now available for pre-orders.

“It has more intelligence for navigation, thanks to sensor fusion of cameras with 2D and 3D lidar,” said Jeff Christensen, vice president of product at the Pittsburgh-based company. “Our real-time adaptive stack provides full volumetric vision for point-to-point navigation.”

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1. Crowds come back to MODEX

2. Technologies improve -- incrementally

3. Spring fever hits, as companies pair off

4. Robots reach new heights

5. Alternatives to automated storage abound

6. But don't count out ASRS just yet

7. Mobile robot vendors grow their fleets

8. Mobile manipulation picks its way forward

9. AI offers to make automation more approachable

10. Interoperability efforts continue


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