movement robotics has introduced the Ŝharko10 Wide Body, an AMR designed to transport payloads with non-standard gauges.
Pallets are standard carriers, but some factories use unusually sized pallets because they better suit their products. For example, a South African plastic injection molding company developed its own plastic pallets that better suited its process. A problem arose when it wanted to automate internal transport because standard autonomous mobile robots (AMR) did not fit under its custom pallets.
Very few companies are able and willing to build a custom AMR for a limited number of robots. But there is a company in the Netherlands that can, and the result is the Ŝharko10 Wide Body.
“We sell AMR solutions and the vehicles are only part of the solution. So if a customer needs some changes to the vehicle because it benefits their process, we can do that,” says Paul van der Hulst, Managing Director of MoviĜo.
The main difference of the Ŝharko10 Wide Body is the body. The vehicle’s forks are further apart, which makes it possible to lift non-standard loads. “From the day we started designing the vehicle, we encountered multiple applications for the wide body,” explains van der Hulst. “For example, wide payloads such as doors and larger heat pumps, but also payloads with a high center of gravity. The Ŝharko10 Wide Body allows us to carry a greater variety of carriers.”
The new Ŝharko10 wide body is based on the MoviĜo platform, so the wide body is just as smart as all the other robots from the Dutch manufacturer. It can be used as an industrial IoT device in factories, which means it can be fully integrated into the factory. It communicates with software systems such as ERP and WMS, but also with third-party hardware devices such as doors, packaging machines, palletizers, production lines, etc.
However, it can also be used as a standalone system. Then tasks are generated via virtual buttons or MoviĜo’s revolutionary camera system. This camera system automatically generates an order when it detects a pallet at a specific location. It can even detect when a pallet is empty and automatically generate a replenishment task.