Ultimation Industries Inc. in Roseville is partnering with Denmark’s Nord-Modules to expand its portfolio of warehouse transport robots.
Nord-Modules delivers robotic top modules for warehouse robot load solutions. The units offer optimal speed, space, and flexibility and can be fitted to various autonomous mobile robot (AMR) technology solutions.
These warehouse robots provide flexible material handling when used in conjunction with motor-driven roller and other conveyor systems.
“AMRs have become common in large distribution companies such as Amazon and some Fortune 500 companies,” says Richard Canny, president of Ultimation. “But new technologies are making it easier and more affordable to deploy autonomous robots in companies of all sizes as a complement to other types of material handling equipment.”
Warehouse robots help transfer loads within facilities quickly and without reconfiguring production lines or factory footprints.
Nord-Module’s Quick Mover 180 uses an autonomous robot base with a flexible top module that performs multiple material handling tasks and handles materials including gates, half pallets, plastic and carton boxes, carts, and cobot solutions. It can transport containers and re-position goods.
The unit is controlled by a smartphone and can carry up to 485 pounds. Set up and installation take about 30 minutes. Sensors help it move safely around people, stationary objects, and other obstacles.
“We’ve all heard about autonomous cars or self-driving vehicles on our roadways,” says Canny. “While these technologies are still well into the future for cars and trucks, warehouse robots are bringing that level of intelligence and autonomous operation to the factory floor today. He adds that the robots excel at repetitive tasks that are monotonous and potentially dangerous for humans, such as handling heavy loads.
The Quick Mover 180 now is available through Ultimation’s application and services team. Other Nord-Modules offerings for autonomous mobile robots include the Pallet Mover style motorized roller conveyer modules, which can carry more than 3,000 pounds.
Ultimation designs, manufactures, and installs material handling equipment and has the capacity for automation component manufacturing and subassembly. The company was founded in 1989 and expects to announce additional relationships with partners in the warehouse robots sector.