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

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Don't underestimate your environment

In a session on “Easy AMR Deployments in Not-So-Easy Environments,” Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics and vice president of robotics and automation at Zebra Technologies, discussed the need to conduct risk assessments at both the beginning and end of projects.

“Don’t rely on software for preventing hazards,” she said. Physical and redundant safety measures are necessary.

Wise cited the example of a ladder, which AMR sensors might have difficulty perceiving. She also noted that mapping and communications should be able to scale to facilities of 1 million sq. ft.

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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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