If you have been considering implementing an automated solution in your warehouse, you may wonder if a conveyor system or an autonomous mobile robot system is the better option. Here is a breakdown of the two systems to help you make an educated decision for your facility or warehouse operation.
Conveyor Systems Problems vs. AMR Solution
A conveyor system is a series of connected conveyor belts that move goods from one point to another. Until recently, the conveyor system has been the backbone of many automated warehouses. However, some inherent problems with conveyor systems make them less than ideal for modern facilities.
Problem 1: Conveyor Systems Take Up Space
One of the biggest problems with conveyor systems is that they take up a lot of space. The belts can be several feet wide, and when you factor in the other components, conveyor systems can occupy a large footprint in your warehouse. This can be problematic if you have a small warehouse or try to maximize efficiency by utilizing every square foot of space.
AMR Maximize Warehouse Space Use
The Prime Robotic AMR system uses robotics to move inventory around your warehouse. The system can operate in smaller spaces and doesn’t require as much square footage as a traditional conveyor system.
Problem 2: Conveyor Systems Are Rigid
The conveyor systems are rigid and designed in a specific way to work properly. When you need to make any changes to your warehouse layout, you will also need to make considerable changes to your conveyor system.
AMR Allow For Maximum Flexibility and Scalability
One of the most significant benefits of an AMR system is its flexibility. Unlike conveyor systems, which are fixed in place, AMRs can be easily reconfigured to meet changing needs. If your warehouse layout changes or you need to add new SKUs, you can reprogram your AMRs to accommodate the changes. Another advantage of AMRs is that they are scalable. You can easily add or remove robots from your system as needed. If your business grows and you need to add capacity, you can add more AMRs to your system.
Problem 3: Conveyor Systems Can Break Down Easily
Conveyor systems are susceptible to breakdowns. If one belt breaks, the entire system can come to a grinding halt. This can be a major problem if you rely on your conveyor system to move inventory quickly and efficiently.
AMR System Robots Work as Individual Units
The Prime Robotic AMR system doesn’t have this problem because the robots can continue to operate even if one of them breaks down. You won’t have to worry about your inventory getting stuck if there is a problem with one of the robots.
Problem 4: Conveyors Are Inefficient
Conveyors can be inefficient because they require a large amount of energy to operate. The belts must constantly move for inventory to be transported from one location to another. This constant movement involves energy wastage and drives up operating costs.
AMRs Are Efficient and Accurate
The Prime Robotics AMR automation solutions are much more efficient because robots only move when inventory needs to be transported. There is no wasted energy since the robots only operate when required. At the same time, AMRs are accurate and can move inventory quickly, so you won’t have to worry about lost or damaged items.
Upgrade Your Warehouse With Prime Robotic AMR System
If you’re looking for a way to increase efficiency and decrease costs in your warehouse operations, investing in an autonomous mobile robot system (AMR system) is a great option. AMRs offer many advantages over traditional conveyor systems, including increased flexibility, scalability, and accuracy. Contact us today to learn more about how the Prime Robotic AMR system can scale your business to the next level.
Author: Nate Aswege, V.P. Sales & Marketing at Prime Robotics