Beyond the assembly line: The versatile potential of Autonomous Mobile Robots

EMEA SM Molex MegaTrend Autonomous Machines Campaign Q2 2023

From the factory floor to the surgery room, robots have the capacity for a tremendous impact in a multitude of industries. As the world becomes increasingly connected and fast-paced, the potential for robots to revolutionize the way we live and work is greater than ever.

Autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, are leveraging cutting-edge AI and machine learning tech to become self-operational. These advancements are boosting performance, productivity, and safety in various fields, including autonomous delivery, smart farming, and security services. What is driving the global adoption of AMRs across industries?

Safety is a priority
Autonomous mobile robots are taking over many tasks in hazardous environments where human workers are prone to injury or accidents, or where it is not possible for a human to carry out the task. AMRs can carry heavy loads in manufacturing environments, work across vast amounts of agricultural space, and navigate obstacles whilst disinfecting areas that improve health and safety in hospitals.

Increasing productivity
As robots gain wider acceptance, AMRs are increasingly considered a vital part of the workforce. Many companies are utilizing this technology to aid in tedious tasks like inventory sourcing and collection. AMRs not only enable employees to tackle more rewarding roles, but also offer reliable labor that can be recharged or rapidly repaired for the next assignment.

Application flexibility
AMRs possess the ability to analyze their surroundings and adapt to environmental changes while performing various tasks, all without requiring human supervision. This versatility makes them a valuable tool that can be used across a multitude of markets and applications, including:


Cleaning and disinfection robots:

AMRs can effortlessly navigate the intricate shapes, surfaces, and furnishings of residential and commercial structures, skilfully circumventing any barriers to ensure thorough coverage of the targeted space.



Security and service robots:

AMRs equipped with cameras, sensors, and wireless tech can deliver an uninterrupted flow of data and footage for monitoring purposes. With the aid of autonomous navigation and AI, these robots can aptly react to an array of events.


Autonomous delivery robots:

Delivery AMRs save on costs and time, thanks to their integrated wireless modules and navigation function that collaboratively streamline the delivery of packages and purchases from local stores or distribution centers to the intended recipients at the right time.


Smart farming robots:

The size of agricultural or farmland often presents navigational challenges for humans. AMRs can enhance farming efficiency by monitoring and fertilizing crops, providing added value for farmers.



Providing a solution: Molex Multi-Hub Antennas

As robotics technology advances towards greater autonomy, the demand for antenna technology is also increasing. Engineers must tackle design challenges such as antenna location, efficiency, footprint, and flexibility of the antenna solution.

Molex's latest product releases encompass a range of Multiple-in-1 antenna products that address these design challenges by consolidating all required antennas into a single, compact enclosure. For AMR engineers, this translates to a simplified design that places the antenna in one location, instead of sourcing different antennas for multiple locations.

Molex's Multi-in-1 or Multi-Hub antennas provide high performance in a small, metal-mountable enclosure that meets an array of design needs. The Molex 7-in-1 hub antenna, designed with both 5G and Wi-Fi MIMO (Multi-in, Multi-out) antennas delivers the greatest possible bandwidth for today’s AMR applications. Also available is the new Sunshade 5-in-1 hub antenna that incorporates the same high-speed antennas in a low-profile, easy-to-install housing.

No matter the AMR requirements, Molex and Arrow, with their technical expertise, industry experience, and global footprint, offer solutions for even the most challenging applications.

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