10 Takeaways From A3’s Autonomous Mobile Robot and Logistics Conference

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Start small, but think big

Matt Charles, sales director at Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), divided successful AMR deployments into three phases:

Phase 1: Internal discussion, engage customers, evaluate their sites, and run early demonstrations.

Phase 2: Start small with low-risk applications, include application review and pilots or proofs of concept, as well as simulation.

Phase 3: Upskill the workforce, work with integrators and vendors on scaling and fleet deployment.

“Start now, start small, and think big,” he said.

Nearly 35% of AMR users are interested in or already using robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) models, said Parker Conroy, director of global marketing for mobile robotics at Omron Robotics.

“It’s better to architect for a fleet than to start with one mobile robot,” he said. “Think about growth from Day 1. Change is constant—software will evolve as well as your environment.”

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1. No one size fits all for the DC of the future

2. Find 'low-hanging fruit' and build 'virtual belts'

3. Start small, but think big

4. Don't underestimate your environment

5. Don't forget your workforce

6. Boston Dynamics looks to commercial future with Stretch

7. The newlywed game

8. Partnerships aim to accelerate AMR adoption

9. Incremental change but big investments

10. Industry increasingly recognizes need for interoperability

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