Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are warehouse automation technologies used to move materials from one place to another. They make the movement of loads more efficient, reduce human errors, and improve productivity.
The credit for the invention of AGVs goes to Arthur Barrett. His company, Barrett Electronics, developed the ‘Guide-O-Matic’ self-driving vehicle in 1954. William Grey Walter created the first AMR between the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was designed as an assistive robot in medical research laboratories. To meet its purpose, the AMR used sensors to collect data from its environment and make decisions based on it.
Today, both these automated systems are widely deployed in warehouses and factories to carry out operations efficiently and provide a safe environment for workers.
This infographic will help you understand how these two systems differ.
AGVs and AMRs aren’t Going Anywhere
Internal logistics and warehouse automation let employees focus on higher-value activities and reduce production bottlenecks. Research and Markets estimate that the global AGV and AMR market is expected to cross $18 billion by 2027. These two mobile robotic solutions' installed base will likely exceed 2.4 million units in 2027. It can make these automated solutions a new normal in our logistics and warehouse operations.