MOV.AI, Hikrobot collaborate on autonomous pallet-movers

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Hikrobot’s F4-1000 pallet mover will now be equipped with MOV.AI Robotics Engine Platform. | Source: Hikrobot

MOV.AI announced that Hikrobot, a global product and solution supplier specializing in machine vision and mobile robots, has implemented MOV.AI Robotics Engine Platform in its F4-1000 pallet mover. In a three-way collaboration, the MOV.AI-powered robots from Hikrobot will be deployed by the BOWE GROUP, enabling rapid deployments of autonomous pallet movement for select applications.

Advanced intralogistics and warehouse operators are increasingly relying on automation to meet business goals. To succeed, they require autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can easily be integrated into end-to-end automation environments and rapidly adapt to changing needs.

Faced with these demands, Hikrobot decided that its cutting-edge hardware can benefit from a secure software layer that provides advanced autonomy, interoperability and collaboration with systems, equipment and humans, and enables rapid deployment and frictionless updates.

The MOV.AI Robotics Engine Platform was selected in order to meet these requirements. It provides AMR manufacturers and automation integrators with the necessary enterprise-grade software and tools for advanced automation, including navigation, localization, and calibration.

The platform features a visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE) based on ROS, as well as off-the-shelf algorithms and integrations. The platform also offers interoperable fleet management, flexible interfaces with warehouse environments such as ERP and WMS, and cyber-security compliance.

“The speed with which we integrated the MOV.AI Robotics Engine Platform into our AMR is an indication of the change in pace in our industry,” Libbo Feng, VP at Hikrobot, said. “After less than three months of work, the F4-1000 autonomous pallet-Mover is now ready to be deployed and operate in an 85% dynamic environment surrounded by humans and other machines.”

According to Mike Swift, Managing Director of BOWE WMS Software and AMRs, US “Intralogistics operators face continuously growing market demand with constrained resources. BOWE GROUP, as a leading provider of automation to Intralogistics and manufacturing companies, is proud to be at the forefront of the evolution that delivers solutions to this problem. With this three-way collaboration, we can provide proven solutions to our customers that provide rapid payback and value for any customers that are moving high volumes of pallets within their facilities.  We intend to offer these AMRs for both stand-alone applications and as a combination with our existing automation offerings to further increase the productivity of our solutions.”

“I am truly excited about the collaboration with Hikrobot and BOWE, since it is very much focused on providing end customers with value,” Motti Kushnir, CEO of MOV.AI, said. “The combination of Hikrobot state-of-the-art hardware and our Robotics Engine Platform created a result in advanced autonomous capabilities such as pallet detection, the ability to drop pallets in a grid layout and more.”

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