The Bharati autonomous guided vehicle for materials transport
Bharati Robotics Systems has been showing off its new autonomous industrial floor cleaning robots.
The company says the small vehicle saves labour costs and increases productivity by up to 200 per cent, and cleans the floor better than humans, or the “highest quality of cleaning”.
The robot’s battery lasts up to four hours on one charge and it has a smartphone interface through which it can be monitored and controlled.
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One of China’s largest online shopping companies has started to deliver goods to its customers using robots, according to a report in QZ.com.
The four-wheeled autonomous vehicle (pictured above) is about the size of a washing machine and was developed by Jingdong, or
JD.com as it’s also known in China.
And although the robot was used for the first time earlier this week, JD’s chairman, Liu Qiangdong, says the company could completely roboticise its entire logistics process within a few years.
The company already uses small autonomous vehicles in its logistics warehouses to move goods around (pictured below).
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Ocado, which claims to be the world’s largest online grocery store, is testing robots which may end up doing the shopping on behalf of customers.
As well as being a grocer, the company has a significant in-house technology business unit, which makes it “not your usual retailer”, according to a spokesperson.
“We have an in-house engineering team that designs and builds robots, highly automated control systems and warehouse solutions,” adds the spokesperson. “Their work covers anything from materials engineering and PCB [printed circuit board] design to DFM [design for manufacturability], safety and electronics.”
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lock Amazon, by far the world’s largest online retailer, bought Kiva Systems a few years back.
At that time, Kiva was a small robotics company appreciated by logistics customers for its autonomous warehouse vehicles.
Now, repackaged as Amazon Robotics machines, those vehicles or their descendants are working in Amazon warehouses – and in very large numbers.
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EiraTech, a developer of robotics solutions for warehouses and e-fulfilment centres, has launched what it claims is “one of the best performing, most efficient and safest” robotic vehicles on the logistics market.
EiraTech says its autonomous guided vehicle can “literally” find stuff and move stuff around – in the right order. It also sports a red button.
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