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Sesto Robotics launches new autonomous mobile robot

Sesto Robotics has launched a new autonomous mobile robot designed to automate material handling processes in manufacturing, commercial and healthcare industries.

The Sesto Magnus is a a bi-directional, compact autonomous mobile robot able to carry loads up to 300 kg, and the company claims it has the “highest payload rating in the compact class”.

Specially built for tight navigation in space-scarce facilities, Sesto Magnus is able to autonomously travel through spaces as narrow as 0.9 metres wide while avoiding obstacles in its path.

Sesto Robotics says its bi-directional same-speed capability means the autonomous mobile robot can reverse out of dead ends without doing a spot turn.

Ang Chor Chen, chief executive of Sesto Robotics, says: “With the world easing into the Covid-19 new normal, there is an accelerated urgency for manufacturers and non-manufacturing industries to quickly automate their processes while ensuring safe management measures such as staggered workforce or spilt team arrangements.

“Sesto Magnus’ small and low profile is designed with manufacturing, healthcare and commercial facilities in mind. Its intelligent software controls enable it to operate safely in narrow passageways and amongst people.”

Using a single mobile platform, Sesto Magnus is highly versatile and can be configured with limitless applications of autonomous material transportation.

From components and parts in manufacturing, to laundry and meal services in hospitality and care facilities, to central sterile services and dispensaries in hospitals, the autonomous mobile robot can be fitted with various top module configurations, customisable to requirements.

Ang adds: “Current manual handling and transportation processes are often time-consuming and error-prone. In addition, repeated manual handling of heavy loads may lead to labour injuries and accidents.

“With Sesto Magnus, it reduces the dependency on manual labour which has become a priority for many companies in recent months, as Covid-19 caused major disruptions to the availability of on-premise employees.”

Powered by Sesto Robotics’ proprietary user-friendly interface, operators can easily deploy Sesto Magnus for material transportation using a tablet or laptop.

The robot provides high uptime of up to ten hours on a single charge and fast battery charging in three hours.

Equipped with low-range 270 degree 2D LiDAR sensors on the front and rear, Sesto Robotics says the Magnus ensures safety with its improved navigation and obstacle detection capabilities.

For example, in a busy narrow corridor of a healthcare facility, Sesto Magnus will stop once it detects an obstacle in its path, like a trolley or even a wheelchair. It will wait for the obstacle to be cleared, or reroute after some time.

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