Smart Machines & Factories
OMRON presents its latest collaborative and mobile robots at Smart Industry Expo
Published:  19 December, 2019

The new LD-250 can handle payloads of 250kg, and the fleet manager is the industry first to control different types of mobile robots via one system

See Omron’s latest collaborative and mobile robots at stand R430 at the Smart Industry Expo, 21-23 April at the NEC in Birmingham, including the new LD-250 mobile robot and the OMRON TM collaborative robot, ideal for ensuring flexible production to meet changing consumer demand.

OMRON has recently launched the LD-250, with a payload capacity of 250kg, making it the strongest and newest addition to the company’s LD series of mobile robots. Together with the Fleet Manager, which for the first time in the industry enables the control of multiple mobile robots with different payloads through one system, it will contribute to realizing a more flexible and optimized autonomous material transport system.

This will help factories worldwide meet the challenges they face in increasing the productivity and profitability of high-mix production with the decreasing workforce in industrialized nations and rising labor costs in emerging countries.

The new LD-250 mobile robot has a 250kg payload capacity and almost double the surface area, so it can be used to transport large automobile components such as transmission blocks and voluminous packaging materials – things that would traditionally be moved by human workers using carts. To optimize the autonomous material transport system, customers will use OMRON’s industry-first Fleet Manager, which can control a diverse fleet of up to 100 of OMRON’s mobile robots that can consist of different payloads and capabilities, by conducting traffic management, battery management, and navigation of vehicles. The mobile robot LD series can autonomously avoid people and obstacles while automatically calculating the best routes to transport material.

“Onsite logistics, the movement of products and material within the factory and warehouse, is becoming a real bottleneck for many companies due to the frequency and tediousness of the job, compounded by rising labor costs. OMRON’s mobile robots can help companies solve this issue because they can work 24 hours a day tirelessly, punctually, and safely in the same environment as people,” said Tom Mathias, President and CEO of OMRON Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of robotics and safety solutions for manufacturing industries and part of OMRON’s Industrial Automation Business.

With the addition of the LD-250 into OMRON’s mobile robot LD series, customers in a wide variety of industries including automotive, electronics, food and commodities, no longer need to establish fixed material transport equipment, but achieve a system that can flexibly handle changing market demands. OMRON will continue to contribute solving the societal challenges by liberating workers from the simple, dull, and tiring work of material transport and allowing them to focus on more creative tasks.

Highlights of the new LD-250 include:

Higher Payload and Sturdier Structure: With a payload of 250kg, the LD-250 is an impressive addition to OMRON’s LD mobile robot series, which until now was comprised of the LD-60 (payload up to 60kg), LD-90 (payload up to 90kg) and the Cart Transporter models that are able to transport up to 130kg.

The LD-250 is built with sturdier metal skins that can withstand unintended external impacts and more demanding duties. It is suitable for example for transporting bulky items such as transmission blocks, seats or wire harnesses in the automotive industry, as well as voluminous packaging materials in the food and commodities industry.

Highly Mixed Fleet: With the industry-leading Fleet Manager, customers can easily manage diverse mobile fleets of up to 100 robots, including the new LD-250. They can be controlled through the same system without worrying about compatibility or performance.

Faster ROI: The LD-250 allows customers to load more onto a mobile robot, making fewer trips with heavier batches, increasing the return on investment. Customers can mix and match LD models to create the most efficient and flexible material transport system possible.

Customizable: The LD series offers the most customizable mobile solution for industrial environments. The LD-250 can easily be customized with conveyor tops, courier systems, and adaptive material handling mechanics to create a solution that best meets customer needs. LD-250 also takes advantage of OMRON’s ability to customize mobile fleets with accessories that improve performance, such as HAPS*1, side lasers, and the Acuity*2 vision localization.

The integration of the LD-250 and OMRON TM Collaborative Robots will also open up a new market for heavy-duty “mobile manipulators” that can handle manipulation tasks along with material transport.

Starting today, customers can order the new LD-250 globally through OMRON’s sales offices worldwide. OMRON’s global network is uniquely equipped to support the implementation of mobile robots throughout the world.

*1 HAPS: High Accuracy Positioning System

*2 Acuity: The patented Acuity technology provides an additional method of “localization,” helping the mobile robot adjust to frequently changing environments.

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