ABB has launched its first range of rebranded Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) following its acquisition of mobile robot company ASTI Mobile Robotics in 2021. Since adding AMRs to its portfolio, ABB says it is the only company with a comprehensive and integrated offering of robots, AMRs and machine automation solutions.
“At a time when businesses are looking for a range of robotic solutions to help make them more efficient, flexible and resilient, we are the only company supporting them with our integrated offering of AMRs, robots, and machine automation technologies,” said Marc Segura, President for ABB’s Robotics Division. “This is a game changer for our customers; they can work with one partner offering everything they need to adapt to the opportunities and challenges driven by individualisation, labour shortages and disrupted supply chains, and our rebranding underscores the simplicity and benefit of the integrated solutions we offer to our customers.”
ASTI Mobile Robotics’ solutions are now rebranded and integrated into ABB’s portfolio, grouped under the Flexley name, indicating the flexibility of operations that the AMRs offer. The first models to be released, Flexley Tug and Flexley Mover, cover applications including towing and trolley transportation up to 2000kg, as well as lifting and transporting racks, containers, and pallets of 1,500kg.
Building on ASTI’s use of laser scanner-based 2D SLAM navigation, the future ABB autonomous mobile robots will also benefit from pioneering VSLAM technology of Sevensense Robotics – a Swiss start-up in ABB’s portfolio of partner companies – that enables mobile robots to navigate complex and dynamic environments.