September 27, 2021

VecnaSpeedPallet400x275Vecna Robotics, which develops pallet-handling autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and workflow orchestration software, has announced new software to increase AMR performance for warehouse, distribution and manufacturing organizations. The new Mark 3 software aims to double fleet performance and improve efficiency and throughput, while continuing to exceed industry safety standards.

“The last 18 months has driven huge demand for AMRs like autonomous forklifts, but adoption has been held up by both safety concerns and performance-driven ROI,” said Daniel Theobald, founder and chief innovation officer at Vecna Robotics. “This software release mitigates these concerns by unequivocally delivering the best AMR performance and safety in the industry.”

The Mark 3 software update is available today for Vecna Robotics’ robots. The release provides critical updates that deliver new performance, including:

  • Speed: Robots can achieve a top speed of 3 m/sec, 50% quicker interactions with pallet pickups, and better acceleration and deceleration times to improve average overall speed.
  • Free Space Reasoning: Introduces proprietary updates to best-in-class Path Planning and Obstacle Avoidance to improve performance and handling in tight spaces.
  • Safety: Maintains the same rigorous safety standards as previous generations, and complies with the American National Standards Institute B56.5 and Robotics Industries Association R15.08 safety standards.

Vecna said the new software results from its ongoing work to improve vehicle performance using data collected over time through its proprietary Pivotal orchestration engine. Pivotal assigns work to robot fleets based on real-time demand, resource availability and proximity, and collects performance metrics from the production floor. By using fleet data collected from performance sites over time, the AMRs will get smarter and faster over time, while meeting and exceeding safety requirements, the company said.

“Now, in addition to Vecna Robotics’ AMRs being the only self-driving forklifts equipped with path planning and obstacle avoidance, they are the only pallet-handling AMRs that can deploy cloud-driven updates for immediate in-field performance improvements,” said Theobald.

For more details on the new software, visit the Vecna Robotics website here.

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