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Why choose Pristine Robotics?
Pristine Robotics is a team of engineers who are passionate about robotics, and whose recognised expertise makes them unique. The team has worked on numerous large-scale projects in various fields of robotics: logistics, production, e-commerce, medical, airport, port, marine and underwater, public works, service, etc. These projects have enabled Pristine Robotics to develop a cutting-edge consultancy offering, based on the experience it has gained from designing and deploying many different types of mobile robot.
This hands-on experience is essential if we are to converge swiftly on the right architectures, right from the start of a project, make the right choices of components and thus gain the best possible understanding of the parameters that will build up a competitive advantage.
The large number of technologies used in robotics certainly requires increased knowledge and in-depth expertise in each of them, but also the ability to integrate them harmoniously and efficiently.
In addition to the projects that Pristine Robotics supports, the team has a unique business philosophy that involves working with the most experienced engineers in the field, giving its customers access to the best resources available.
Pristine Robotics’ partners share with its founders a thorough understanding of their technical scope and industrial challenges, enabling them to work in complete transparency with customer teams on project risks. Thanks to regular meetings, we provide a high level of visibility on our development processes.
Who is Pristine Robotics aimed at?
Pristine is aimed at all companies, from start-ups to large principals, as well as SMEs and medium-sized companies, as long as their projects are qualified as follows:
- “I want to introduce robots into my industrial process to improve performance and make my company more competitive and attractive”.
- “I want to introduce robotic technologies into my product range to have a more comprehensive offering for my customers.”
What is mobile robotics?
The first mobile robots began to appear in production buildings and warehouses in the 90s. They were used exclusively for indoor circulation, in a controlled environment: lighting conditions varied little, circulation spaces were clear and unforeseen events were rare and of controlled magnitude. In industry, machine safety is such that there is zero tolerance to collisions, which in many cases means that the load being transported must be entirely contained within a fixed volume that does not extend beyond the robot’s footprint, forcing the first mobile robots to travel in areas where operators are not allowed.
Despite these constraints, mobile robots have gradually adapted to increasingly complex contexts, where the volumes and masses of the loads transported can range from a few cm or kg to several metres or tons. Today, installations can be based on a single robot or a fleet of several dozen units.
Why use mobile robotics?
The main aim of robotisation is to increase the density of workflows and reduce drudgery for operators. We then need to determine on a case-by-case basis whether all or part of an installation would benefit from automation, to the benefit of the company and its staff.
In intralogistics, there are currently two categories of robot (AGVs and AMRs), which are not suited to the same flows or the same loads, and there is currently no standardisation of mobile robots as such, either in terms of hardware or software. The components of a mobile robot are the product of different skills. Finally, calculating ROI is complex because it is linked to the interdependence between the solution and the environment. Above all, it is important not to neglect human factors and the decision-making process when it comes to robotising an activity. Robots are slower than humans at carrying out the same task, but they are more regular and work continuously. In practice, they are useful for managing regular flows or arduous work: they do not replace humans, who are the only ones with the flexibility to manage contingencies (production peaks, technical problems, etc.).
What are the differences between an AGV and an AMR?
AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) have little on-board intelligence (this is centralised in the supervision software package). They move by following a real or virtual line, either on a traditional circuit with points, or by moving on a checkerboard: a tangle of straight lines intersecting at right angles, which they can travel in a straight line and turn on themselves at junctions.
They are used in medium to large fleets to transport all types of loads in intralogistics flows or on production lines. They generally do not have an obstacle avoidance algorithm.
AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots) have comparatively more on-board intelligence. They plan their own route based on an existing map and travel along it, altering it if necessary to avoid obstacles that were not indicated on the map. The result is a more “biological” and less repeatable behaviour, suitable for robots used alone or in small fleets. They can also carry all kinds of loads, but more often for line-side supplies or for a wide range of single missions (even outdoors or in rugged environments).
What sectors is Pristine Robotics aimed at?
Pristine Robotics is aimed at a wide range of sectors: industrial robotics, service robotics, medical robotics, agricultural robotics, construction robotics, marine and underwater robotics, logistics robotics and outdoor mobile robotics.