Okamura, an autonomous mobile robot for logistics facilities that can run and turn Japan Top News

On September 9, Okamura announced the autonomous mobile robot “ORV (Okamura Robot Vehicle)” for logistics facilities. It will go on sale from the same month. Pricing is not disclosed and an estimate is required for installation. The minimum number of installation is 1 unit.

ORV: Okamura robot vehicle

ORV: Okamura robot vehicle

ORV is an AI-powered robot that uses SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) technology to capture the environment with sensors, create a map of the surrounding area, and estimate its own position. , system and a dedicated tablet for control are supplied as a set.

It automatically recognizes and picks up a used basket car from the warehouse, and “takes” one side of the basket car and transports it to the destination. By picking up and carrying instead of towing, turns and rollbacks can be handled on the spot, and baskets can be arranged in a narrow space with no gaps. It also detects and avoids obstacles while driving.

Grab one side of the cart and carry

Grab one side of the cart and carry

At logistics sites, automating the movement and transport of carts has been a problem due to the fact that they are quite heavy items and the number and frequency of items is large. Conventional Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) can also automate the work of moving and transporting objects, but there were issues such as the need to attach markings and tape to the floor and the inability to avoid obstacles.

In addition to the “small turn ability” mentioned above, such as turn and reverse drive, the ORV grasps the surrounding environment with sensors and SLAM technology, creates a surrounding map and estimates its own position, and travels the most efficient route to the destination. In addition to being able to do this, it has the advantage of not requiring any marking on the ground or modification of the basket car. It also reacts automatically to layout changes and expansion of the operating area.

Operation data is uploaded to the cloud using the installed “IoT remote monitoring system”. In the event of a problem, it is possible to investigate remotely.

The continuous operating time of the ORV is 5 hours and the charging time is about 1 hour. Charging is done through a power device, and it is equipped with a function that automatically goes to the power device when charging is needed.

Other specifications include a maximum speed of 40m/min (when carrying basket trucks), a maximum payload of 300kg and a minimum passage width of 900mm (when driving alone). The communication method supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G/LTE.

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