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Flexible production with automated guided vehicles and autonomous mobile robots

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Manufacturing and process complexity are rapidly reshaping the traditions of the manufacturing industry. Succeeding in this new landscape means adopting that complexity and using it as a market advantage against competitors implementing legacy processes. Factories of tomorrow will be more integrated than ever and enable greater flexibility in products. In this white paper, discover the integration of flexibility using autonomous mobile robots at the station and plant levels to achieve an optimized production environment.

The shift to completely flexible material handling with AGVs and AMRs

Robotics has been one of the best options to increase production efficiency for extensive and often highly repetitive manufacturing processes. But the era of high volume, low mix manufacturing is giving way to increased product personalization, requiring a more flexible production process. This challenge is met by shifting to completely flexible material handling through automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). These two technologies are poised to replace static conveyance systems as the industry moves towards more flexible production methods.

Integrate flexible robotic technologies using simulation and planning solutions

Advanced robotics takes the complexity that has grown since the inception of mass production and leverages it to develop a highly connected and efficient workflow that can meet the changing needs of a diverse landscape of high-mix production output. Companies are already implementing industrial advanced robotics technologies and the necessary practices to meet the challenges of complexity, customization, and openness, ultimately improving their time-to-market. With our software expertise and manufacturing background, Siemens is a great partner to bring the tools of tomorrow's factory to businesses today.