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​​Nord Modules and Otto Motors partner to accelerate autonomous material handling workflows

Nord Modules and Otto Motors have agreed a strategic partnership to develop and integrate new modular solutions that will enhance the capabilities of mobile robots and create new opportunities for automation in factories around the world.

Both companies are presenting at the ongoing LogiMAT 2023 trade show, where they are showcasing their latest automation solutions.

The partnership between Nord Modules and Otto Motors is described as a “natural fit”, as both companies are committed to providing innovative solutions that help businesses become more efficient and productive.

Nord Modules’ top modules are designed to be robust and reliable, while Otto autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are designed for flexibility, productivity and results.

By combining their expertise, the industry leaders will be able to offer customers a range of solutions that streamline automated work processes with standard modules for specialized productions.

Erik Mønster, Nord Modules’ CEO, says: We are thrilled to partner with Otto Motors.

“Their commitment to providing innovative and flexible AMRs aligns perfectly with our vision of streamlining automated work processes with standardized modules. Together, we will be able to deliver a new level of automation for our customers.”

Matt Rendall, CEO and co-founder of Otto Motors, says: “As demand for automation continues to grow globally, manufacturers need a reliable, innovative and trusted solution.

“We’re excited to partner with Nord Modules to deliver an integrated solution that will move the autonomous material handling industry forward.”

Nord Modules has so far developed four module solutions for Otto AMRs. The Pallet Mover 1000, in combination with the Otto 1500, allows the robots to receive and deliver pallets, enhancing internal logistics by transporting them to production lines or packing stations.

Its integrated technology enables communication to external roller conveyors by wireless signals. This fully automated premium solution allows heavy payload transportation of up to 1,675 kg to optimize logistics and production.

The Pallet Lift Top Modules, in combination with the Otto 1500, optimize internal logistics by automating the internal transportation of pallets.

The EU Pallet Lift solution picks up and delivers European-size pallets, while the NA Pallet Lift Top Module picks up and delivers North American-size pallets on the Nord Modules’ P&D stand.

Both modules provide stable handling and transport of pallets and enable Otto AMRs to lift and lower pallets autonomously for payloads up to 1,500 kg.

The Quick Mover, to be released soon, is capable of transporting goods from gate to gate as well as picking up and delivering the Nord Modules Shelf Cart.

The Quick Mover QM140-Otto is designed for, and mounted on top of, an Otto 100 using the lifting mechanism integrated into the AMR. Additionally, its standard design allows for simple adjustments to specialized work processes, ultimately reducing costs and increasing productivity.

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