Smart robots play an increasingly important role in industrial automation as well as in private homes. They can take over repetitive as well as dangerous tasks, enabling time and cost savings, safety and flexibility. Smart robotics range from traditional robot arms in production lines (e.g. automotive manufacturers) to mobile robots used in logistics, so-called AGVs (automatically guided vehicles) or AMRs (autonomous mobile robots) to advanced service robots for dedicated functions such as cleaning, inventory monitoring, harvesting and many others. In fact, the biggest fastest growing market is for residential service robots, such as vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers.
ams OSRAM's miniaturized sensing and illumination solutions are the best choice to increase the performance and precision of robots by making them smarter. Our portfolio covers all the critical sensing function for robots, from environment sensing for obstacle detection, collision avoidance and navigation purposes, to high precision positioning control. Battery management systems (BMS) in Li-battery powered devices benefit from our high accuracy I/V/T-sensing products, which enable best in class state-of-charge or battery state-of-health predictions.
Further, special supporting functions such as optical force sensing, temperature sensing and spectral sensing for material classification and identification or moisture level detection are covered by our comprehensive portfolio. Our well-known multi-lens-array (MLA) projection solutions open up new opportunities for enhanced human-machine co-existence or even collaboration setups, where the robot projects its next intended action onto the floor ahead of time. This significantly reduces the probability of so called collision artifacts where the robot is forced into a safe stop state without existence of any true collision
The better the robot understands and interacts with its dynamic environment, the more successful this technology becomes. Beside our unique portfolio of sensors, LEDs and lasers, ams OSRAM pursues a dedicated innovation roadmap regarding future technologies like smart-surface solutions and differentiating algorithms to advance robot capabilities.