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ForwardX Max 500 AMR earns CE mark

ForwardX Robotics, a Beijing-based developer of visual Autonomous Mobile Robots, announced its ForwardX Max 500 robots have achieved CE mark approval and are now certified for use across Europe.

CE marking indicates that the Max 500 visual Autonomous Mobile Robots (vAMRs) now adhere to the European Union’s directives and standards for health, safety, and environmental protection.

“Our Max 500 vAMRs give warehousing and manufacturing facilities the ability to automate dangerous, time-consuming tasks,” said Viktor Wang, Senior Product Director at ForwardX Robotics.

Wang also mentioned that, “while already available across Asia and North America, achieving the CE mark ensures that our Max solutions can be implemented in Europe in future, where demand for flexible automation solutions is rising quickly.”

“From speaking to our customers, a key benefit of our Max solutions is the increased safety they provide. With full-coverage 360-degree obstacle detection and avoidance, workers can collaborate with our robots worry- and accident-free. Receiving the CE certification solidifies just how safe our robots are.”

With a maximum payload of 500kg (1100lbs), ForwardX developed the Max 500 AMRs to automate a range of costly workflows within manufacturing and logistics environments.

Using a vision-first approach to realize a deeper understanding of the environment, Max 500 robots can be used to automate factory workflows like raw material delivery and Work-in-Progress (WIP) movement, in addition to warehouse workflows like putaway and pick-to-pallet.

Designed specifically for high-payload movements, the Max range of vAMRs consists of a number of tailored models designed to fit different customer requirements, with 200kg and 500kg models and lift functionality available.

Through ForwardX’s f(x) fleet management software, the ForwardX Flex and Max range of vAMRs can be implemented within the same facility operating as an intelligent workforce alongside human workers, with f(x) acting as a data hub and centralized command center responsible for coordinating each vehicle as part of a wider fleet.

In order to conform to the CE standards for health, safety, and environmental protection, ForwardX ensures its Max 500 vAMRs are designed and manufactured to the specific requirements of the directives and standards outlined below:

• Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) covers the safety aspects of machinery and certain parts of machinery
• Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive (2014/30/EU) ensures that electrical and electronic equipment does not generate, or is not affected by, electromagnetic disturbance.

• EN 61000-6-4:2007 +A1:2011
• EN 61000-6-2:2005
• EN 1525:1998
• EN 1175-1:1998 +A1:2011
• EN ISO 12100:2010
• EN ISO 13849-1:2015

“What we’re seeing with regard to automation in Europe is no different than what we’re seeing in Asia-Pacific or North America. Demand for flexible automation is growing and ForwardX is determined to make our solutions available to any business looking for a solution that delivers immediate results,” said Nicolas Chee, founder and CEO at ForwardX Robotics.

“So far, our customers have been able to achieve amazing results across a number of supply chain functions. We want to continue to deliver these results across the globe to help companies stay ahead in a highly-competitive market.”

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