In recent years, especially around 2021-2022, there has been an increase in the adoption of Picking Assist AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots), a type of picking transport robot.
“Picking transport robot” is one of the classifications of robots attempted by our company TORALOGI based on our research and analysis. An article that organizes and classifies various types of logistics robots can be found here.
In our recent article, we gave an overview of this Picking Assist AMR solution in the logistics domain and delved into its benefits.
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In this article, we interview Rapyuta Robotics, which has the largest market share in Japan for picking assist AMR, to learn more about AMR, its strengths, and future prospects.
Due to the volume of information, this article will be divided into two parts. In this first part, we focus on the specific strengths of Rapyuta Robotics’ AMR picking assistant in terms of technology and functions, and what makes it a superior solution.
The second part of this article will focus on AMR’s efforts to ensure the effectiveness of the solution, including the programs for introduction and the company’s customer success management.
- 1 Interview starts ! We had the pleasure of speaking with Rapyuta Robotics amidst the great success of the Logistics Exhibition!
- 2 What is so great about Rapyuta Robotics? No. 1 market share, with all users continuing to use their products. This proven track record is the most convincing evidence.
- 3 Advantages of AMR and Rapyuta’s Strengths① Improved Productivity
- 4 Advantages of AMR and Rapyuta’s Strengths ② Improved Accuracy of Business Management
- 5 Advantages of AMR and Rapyuta’s Strengths③ Reduced Worker Workload
Rapyuta Robotics Home Page
Rapyuta Robotics “PA-AMR” promotional video
In this special feature, we interviewed Mr. Ryo Mori, Executive Officer and Business Supervisor of Rapyuta Robotics, Inc.
Interview starts ! We had the pleasure of speaking with Rapyuta Robotics amidst the great success of the Logistics Exhibition!
Rapyuta Robotics’ booth at the Logistics Show
The newly launched PA-AMR XL
PA-AMR XL on display at the International Logistics Exhibition
PA-AMR XL Introduction Page
What is so great about Rapyuta Robotics? No. 1 market share, with all users continuing to use their products. This proven track record is the most convincing evidence.
Two or three cases a month is quite a high pace. The fact that you have that many introduction cases and that users are continuing to use your products means that the solutions are delivering satisfactory results.
Advantages of AMR and Rapyuta’s Strengths① Improved Productivity
“Fleet control” is the key to productivity improvement. Without it, it’s like having an orchestra without a conductor😱
A thorough analysis of the benefits of using Picking Assist AMR), TORALOGI summarized the benefits of AMR as follows, could you tell us about the strengths of AMR that relate to (1) “increased productivity”?
Minimum aisle width of 90cm, detailed functions such as picking order suggestions contribute to improved productivity.
One of the advantages of AMRs is that they are designed to operate in rack aisles with a minimum width of 90cm (when operating in one direction, and 150cm for passing). This is a tight setting that takes into account the size of the AMR itself (with a capacity of 50 liters x 2 or 10 liters x 4 containers), without compromising their efficiency in movement. It is possible to make the aisles even narrower, but this may decrease the AMR’s efficiency and disrupt the balance, so 90cm is considered optimal. This width should not significantly alter the layout of typical shelf installations. Even the newly released PA-AMR XL, which is larger than previous models, is designed to operate in aisles that are only 30 cm wider, at 120cm.
Another feature that is highly regarded for its attention to detail is the “Picker Guidance” function, which suggests the picking order for AMRs. After a particular AMR finishes picking, it displays a suggestion of which location (or which AMR) the worker should move to next. While any waiting AMR can be selected for work, this function guides the worker to the most efficient choice based on overall productivity and situation. This leads to a more streamlined process with no wasted time or effort, ultimately resulting in increased productivity.
Advantages of AMR and Rapyuta’s Strengths ② Improved Accuracy of Business Management
Manage business operations using AMRs with a comprehensive dashboard
②-1 Real-time tracking of the progress of tasks and productivity
②-2 Become resilient to fluctuations.
②-3 Easier to make continuous improvements based on data
We provide a dashboard screen, where you can check the progress and productivity of business operations in real time, the operation status and deployment of robots, and all other information necessary to manage business operations using AMR in a single view. If the dashboard notices delays in operations or some errors, managers can determine and implement the necessary countermeasures.
Short-term rental service is also offered to match the ebb and flow of business volume.
Many customers who adopt AMR set the number of robots based on their normal business volume, not the peak periods. For instance, they can reduce the number of workers needed to perform tasks from 20 to 10 after implementing AMR. However, during busy periods, the number of robots may not be enough, and they will have to increase the number of workers to compensate. The aim of the short-term rental service is to reduce the need for additional workers during these peak periods. With this service, customers can rent additional AMRs for a short period and reduce the number of workers needed from 10 to 5, for example. This allows them to adjust the number of AMRs they use according to the fluctuations in business volume and maximize the benefits of AMR adoption.
Advantages of AMR and Rapyuta’s Strengths③ Reduced Worker Workload
AMR makes the worker’s job easy and effortless. Moreover, there are no blind spots in safety!
③-1 No need to push a cart over a long distance
③-2 Ability to work hands-free
③-3 Simple work that does not require learning complex skills
We have received a lot of valuable feedback from our customers about the ease and simplicity of the work, and we have been patiently making improvements, and I think that many customers are now satisfied with the results. Once you get used to using AMR, you can’t go back to using handheld terminals or hand-pushed carts. Not only is the work easy and enjoyable, but it also finishes quickly, improving productivity. It creates a positive work environment, and triggers activities for positive improvements, producing better effects than expected.
Another strength that I think Rapyuta Robotics has is its high level of safety. Since the start of its service, no accidents have occurred in the past two and a half years. This is because the AMR is equipped with sufficient safety measures. It has two high-performance cameras to recognize the surrounding people and obstacles, and two LiDAR sensors (LiDAR = Light Detection And Ranging, which measures the distance to objects by emitting light), which captures and grasps all situations from high to low, without any blind spots. The AMR is programmed to stop promptly when people or obstacles approach, and it is designed to find an alternative route to avoid collisions.
This is the end of part one.
We feel that the company has achieved a highly complete solution through its advanced technological capabilities, including fleet control. In part two, we will discuss programs that support customers in obtaining actual introduction effects and robust customer success. Please take a look along with this article.