The Importance of AMR Software for Maximizing Manufacturing Floor Space

Feb 28, 2024

In many manufacturing facilities, space is at a premium as a result of narrow aisles and crowded floors. While manufacturers may be concerned about adding more machinery to their already confined envi...

What Skills Are Needed for Workers to Thrive in Today’s Manufacturing Facilities?

Feb 15, 2024

Today’s manufacturing facilities are rapidly changing, and the skills needed to thrive in this environment are evolving with them. With the introduction of new technologies on the rise, companies are ...

Can AMRs Make the Manufacturing Industry More Sustainable?

Jan 31, 2024

In recent years, the manufacturing industry has witnessed a transformative shift towards sustainability, driven by the urgent need to address environmental concerns, enhance efficiency, improve labor ...

AMA: What is an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR)?

Jan 24, 2024

In this blog series, manufacturing facilities and warehouses ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts answer them. Autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, are ro...

Optimizing Your Material Movement Strategy with AMRs: 4 Questions to Explore

Jan 18, 2024

In today’s warehousing landscape, flexibility is essential...

Improving Supply Chain Agility with Autonomous Material Transport

Jan 08, 2024

Exceptionally agile companies can process more materials and manufacture products faster than competitors. In fact, according to Plant Magazine’s 2024 Advanced Manufacturing Outlook Report, the top fo...

5 Considerations for Growing Your AMR Footprint

Dec 07, 2023

On December 5th, manufacturing professionals from across the globe joined us for a live webinar called “Beyond the Pilot: 5 Principles for Growing Your AMR Footprint.” The webinar began by discussing ...

AMA: How Do OTTO AMRs Optimize Both Speed and Safety?

Dec 06, 2023

In this blog series, manufacturing facilities and warehouses ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts answer them. Manufacturing facilities and warehouses a...

Bringing Robotics and People Together in the Supply Chain

Dec 04, 2023

According to the 2023 MHI Industry Report, robotics and automation have become “table stakes for operations to remain competitive,” with the highest potential to disrupt the industry. With labor short...

'Tis the Season of High Demand and Few Available Workers to Meet It

Nov 29, 2023

With the holiday season upon us, factories and warehouses are feeling the impact of the increase in gift purchases and the decrease in available labor. From clothing to electronics to automobiles, all...

The Impact of Automation on the Logistics Labor Market

Oct 30, 2023

According to the 2023 MHI Industry Report, robotics and automation has the highest potential to disrupt the industry and one of the highest to create a competitive advantage. According to the report, ...

AMA: What Service and Support Expectations Should I Have for an AMR Provider?

Oct 16, 2023

In this blog series, manufacturing facilities and warehouses ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts will answer them. Once autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)...

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023: Top Insights for CPG Manufacturers

Sep 20, 2023

Last week, 30,000 attendees from over 40 industries attended the most comprehensive packaging and processing trade show and conference of the year in Las Vegas, Nevada: PACK EXPO. Its 2,200 exhibitors...

Essential Capabilities and Workflows for Heavy-Duty Material Movement in Compact Spaces

Sep 11, 2023

Amid the global labor shortage and growing concerns over forklift safety, OTTO Motors is thrilled to introduce our latest autonomous mobile robot (AMR), OTTO 1200. Designed to move heavy payloads up t...

AMA: How Can I Instruct the AMRs in My Facility to Behave in a Specific Way?

Sep 07, 2023

In this blog series, manufacturing facilities and warehouses ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts will answer them. Traffic controls are the most import...

5 AI Technologies and Their Application in Material Handling

Aug 23, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has and continues to have a seismic impact on logistics, with estimates that the technology could add between $1.3 trillion and $2 trillion a year in value to the industry...

AMA: What Do the Light Strips on AMRs Mean?

Aug 02, 2023

In this blog series, manufacturing facilities and warehouses ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts answer them. If you have an autonomous mobile robot (A...

Robots for the Economy: What is Technological Unemployment?

Jul 26, 2023

Defining Technological Unemployment...

AMA: When Should I Implement an AMR Versus an AGV in My Facility?

Jul 18, 2023

In this blog series, we’re looking for manufacturing facilities and warehouses to ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts will answer them. Autonomous mate...

4 Essential Fleet Manager Capabilities Needed for Scaling AMR Operations

Jul 12, 2023

On July 11th, plant managers and automation engineers from across North America joined us for a live webinar called “Deep Dive: The Most Powerful and Scalable AMR Fleet Management Software.”  While AM...

AMA: Are AMRs Safe Around People?

Jun 29, 2023

In this blog series, we’re looking for manufacturing facilities and warehouses to ask their top industry and product questions, and OTTO Motors’ material flow experts will answer them. Autonomous mobi...

The Future is Electric: Accelerated Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and the Automation Solution

Jun 20, 2023

The future is electric. Driven by environmental concerns, evolving consumer preferences, and technological advancements, electric vehicle (EV) production is rapidly accelerating. Governments worldwide...

We Asked ChatGPT About The State of the Autonomous Material Handling Industry

Jun 13, 2023

This blog was co-written with ChatGPT.  In the dynamic landscape of material handling, the emergence of autonomous technologies has revolutionized traditional operations. These innovations—driven by a...

Automate 2023: Top 3 Manufacturing Market Insights

May 30, 2023

Last week, over 25,000 manufacturing engineers, plant managers and technicians assembled in Detroit, Michigan to witness the largest display of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, vision, m...

OTTO Motors and AMT Automate Material Handling at a Packaging Facility

May 22, 2023

Alongside an increase in global demand, manufacturers are experiencing a labor shortage that has impacted productivity at their facilities. In fact, while 4.6 million new manufacturing jobs are projec...

8 Key Features for Large Scale Autonomous Mobile Robot Deployments

May 04, 2023

Worldwide, manufacturers are struggling to find workers to fill their open roles. In fact, while 4.6 million new manufacturing jobs are projected to be created by 2028, 2.4 million of them could go un...

A Guide to VDA5050: The Industry-Changing Interoperability Standard for Autonomous Mobile Robot Integrations

Apr 25, 2023

As autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) continue to lead the market as the industry standard for material handling automation, interoperability has emerged as the next frontier for innovation. Customers ar...

Increasing Material Flow Efficiency in Your Supply Chain

Apr 19, 2023

Modern supply chains need to be efficient to keep up with rising consumer demands and to reduce operating costs. In fact, customer demands for “more customized products and services,” “faster response...

7 Key Considerations When Assessing AMR Solutions

Apr 14, 2023

Material handling is one of the biggest consumers of labor in your operation. In an April 2023 webinar, it was not surprising that 75% of attendees were past the “challenge identification” stage of th...

The Future of Supply Chains: Top Takeaways from MHI’s Leading Industry Report and Trade Show

Mar 29, 2023

The supply chain is evolving faster than ever before. The perception of robotics in manufacturing facilities has transitioned from a futuristic concept to a necessity in tackling top company challenge...

Transform 5 Inefficient Material Handling Workflows with OTTO 600

Mar 20, 2023

The automation of unsafe and inefficient manual material handling is helping manufacturers produce goods faster and with higher quality, enabling better service for their customers. As the adoption of...

Optimize Your AMR Fleet for Higher Productivity with the Latest Software Release

Mar 20, 2023

Automation is helping manufacturers turn the global labor crisis into a competitive advantage by removing waste from repetitive, dangerous, and unproductive tasks like material handling. Autonomous mo...

From AGVs to AMRs: The Evolution of Material Handling Automation

Mar 01, 2023

Material handling automation isn’t new to manufacturing: the first instances of automation were widely used in the automotive industry, where a car chassis attached to a chain moved down the line, bri...

5 Takeaways from Top Global Industrial Robotics Survey

Feb 16, 2023

The 2022 McKinsey Global Industrial Robotics Survey reveals how industrial companies plan to spend on robotics and automation in the coming years, and how they have spent over the past few years.  The...

Unlock Continuous Productivity in Automotive Factories and Warehouses with OTTO 100 and the Customizable Staging Cart

Feb 09, 2023

The automotive industry is rapidly changing as the world drives toward a sustainable future. With the rapid rise of battery electric vehicle (BEV) demand, automotive manufacturing facilities can’t kee...

What Is the Smart Factory and Its Impact on Manufacturing?

Feb 07, 2023

Technology has a profound impact on how factories operate today, from autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to cloud computing to 3D printing. The application of technology is making the process of manufact...

3 Reasons A Fortune 500 Automotive Parts Manufacturer Adopted AMR Technology

Jan 25, 2023

As the 9th largest automotive parts manufacturer in the world, Faurecia is a household name in the automotive industry. The company designs and manufactures consoles, door panels, dashboards and more ...

Being on Time, Every Time: On-Time Delivery & Customer Satisfaction

Jan 11, 2023

Meeting customer’s expectations and delivery requirements must be a top priority for any business to succeed. However, meeting those expectations is easier said than done. In fact, customer demands fo...

The Future of AMRs and AGVs in Material Handling

Jan 03, 2023

Last month, David Northup, our Director of Product Management, hosted “The Best of Both Worlds: Unlocking the Productivity of AGVs and AMRs”, a webinar that analyzed the differences between AMRs and A...

Bridging the Gap Between AMRs and AGVs to Deliver Predictability and Flexibility

Dec 19, 2022

On December 15th, managers from across North America joined us for a live webinar to discuss how manufacturers can unlock the productivity of both AGVs and AMRs. Dave Northup, our Director of Product ...

How AMR Technology Improves Predictability in Your Value Stream

Dec 12, 2022

A manufacturing facility’s lifeblood is its value stream. In order for a facility to be successful, that value stream must move quickly, efficiently, and predictably. This means knowing when and where...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Amoli

Dec 01, 2022

OTTO™ Motors, a division of Clearpath™ Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology ...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Dan

Nov 24, 2022

OTTO™ Motors, a division of Clearpath™ Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology ...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Hilary

Nov 10, 2022

OTTO™ Motors, a division of Clearpath™ Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology ...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Garima

Oct 26, 2022

OTTO™ Motors, a division of Clearpath™ Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology ...

The Labor Shortage Is Killing American Manufacturing. Here’s How AI Can Bring It Back To Life.

Oct 18, 2022

Originally posted on Forbes on August 28th, 2022. ...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Sam

Oct 13, 2022

OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology mu...

Improving Uptime and Safety with Autonomous Mobile Robots

Oct 12, 2022

Mauser Packaging Solutions (Mauser) is a global packaging leader with over 180 facilities worldwide. Their team needed a solution for their 24/7 production schedule, which their existing AGV system co...

2.26 Software Release: Move Materials Faster in Your Manufacturing Facility

Oct 10, 2022

Manufacturing organizations are accelerating their adoption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to effectively tackle labor challenges. They are using AMRs to carry out tedious and dangerous material h...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Elchin

Aug 10, 2022

OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology mu...

Are robots the answer to manufacturing hiring challenges?

Aug 09, 2022

Regardless of industry or geography, manufacturers face daily struggles to meet their timelines because there are not enough workers to work on the line or the loading dock. For the fourth year, hirin...

Humans of OTTO Motors: Meet Cam

Jun 30, 2022

OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology mu...

Forget What You Know About Forklifts: NFSD 2022

Jun 22, 2022

This blog was originally posted by our partner, Honeywell Intelligrated. See original blog post here....

Seeing is Believing: Simulating AMRs for Successful Deployments

May 19, 2022

You wouldn’t ask an architect to build anything without designing it in AutoCAD first, so why are you installing AMRs without simulating the deployment first in software? In this post, Bonnie Yue, Sim...

Meet OTTO Lifter, Your New Co-Worker

May 04, 2022

We’ve seen tremendous interest in the new OTTO Lifter since we launched it at the MODEX supply chain trade show in March. We designed OTTO Lifter to address many warehouse automation and material hand...

Lessons Learned in Business-Critical AMR Installations

Apr 25, 2022

At the recent MODEX supply chain trade show, OTTO Motors’ CEO and Co-Founder Matt Rendall was joined by three automation experts on the front line of deploying AMR solutions. Joining Matt, were: Elle...

Putting Autonomous Mobile Robots To Use In Automotive Manufacturing

Nov 10, 2021

Faurecia Interior Systems is an integral part of North America’s automotive manufacturing sector, supplying components for 1 in every 3 vehicles. They needed a reliable, small-footprint material handl...

OTTO Motors CTO Ryan Gariepy Returns to ROS World

Oct 14, 2021

Next week marks a milestone for OTTO Motors’ CTO Ryan Gariepy as he’ll be attending his tenth ROS developer conference. Organized by Open Robotics, Ryan has played a key role in initiating and helping...

From Fixed to Flexible: Implementing OTTO AMRs in Mission-Critical Manufacturing Operations

Aug 20, 2021

Danfoss Power Solutions, the hydraulics segment of the $7B multinational organization, Danfoss, transformed a mission-critical operation and created a flexible foundation for continued growth—in just ...

Changing the Way the Industrial World Moves

Apr 06, 2021

This blog is authored by OTTO Motors CEO and Co-Founder, Matt Rendall....

AMRs, Automation, and the Human Factor

Feb 11, 2021

Whenever the growth of robotics and AI-powered automation in industry is discussed, it is commonplace for concerns to be raised about the impact on employment and job opportunities. Yet far from being...

AGV vs AMR: A Comparison of Automated Material Transport

Feb 09, 2021

From Automated to Autonomous: What’s the Difference?  The words automated and autonomous are easily confused and often interchanged, but their meaning is inherently different....

Largest AMR Deployment For Material Handling: Q&A with Matthew Rendall and Matthew Chang

Feb 01, 2021

For years, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) have been considered a promising technology for materials movement because they provide the flexibility of human forklift, with the throughput and reliabilit...

Proving the Case for Autonomous Mobile Robots

Jan 19, 2021

This is the third blog in our "The Business Case for AMRs" series. You can read the first blog here. We set out, in partnership with PULSE Integration (PULSE), to undertake what we believe is the worl...

The Growing Digital Divide in Manufacturing

Jan 18, 2021

This is the second blog in our "The Business Case for AMRs" series. You can read the first blog here. There is a growing consensus that digitization is opening up a chasm in the manufacturing industry...

The Business Case for Autonomous Mobile Robots in Manufacturing

Jan 18, 2021

First deployment of OTTO AMRs at scale at an F500 company demonstrates clear benefits in productivity, cost savings, and robustness.Analysis reveals that a single AMR unit represents just 10% of the e...

What Skills Are Needed to Be a Connected Worker?

Aug 20, 2020

Industrial analysts frequently debate what traits people need to shine in today's workforce. A person working on a production line needs manufacturing skills, plus communication capabilities, the will...

4 Signs Your Warehouse Environment Needs Mobile Robots

Jul 30, 2020

Mobile robots in warehouses help companies increase their output and meet customer demands, allowing the companies to maintain a competitive advantage. Specific characteristics make warehouse environm...

Business Resiliency: How We’re Enabling Our Customers and Partners Remotely

Jul 22, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted us all as we manage through our new normal. Now more than ever, we’re committed to helping manufacturers realize the immediate benefits of AMRs by adapting our services for remot...

Prioritising Health and Safety Around Workplace Automation

Jul 16, 2020

With 73% of companies expecting to have automation technologies adopted within the next 5 years, there is little question that the steady growth of AI-driven automation in the workplace is having a pr...

Canada Enlists Robots in the Fight Against COVID-19

Jul 06, 2020

On March 11th of this year, the World Health Organization confirmed that the COVID-19 outbreak had become a global pandemic. The world changed overnight as we grappled with the fear and uncertainties ...

What To Ask Your AMR Vendor About Scale Before You Buy

Jun 18, 2020

This is the third and final blog post in our series on scalability where our VP Product, Jay Judkowitz, shares valuable guidance on achieving scale with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)....

Building a Scalable AMR Solution: Keep Traffic Flowing

Jun 11, 2020

This is the second blog post in our series on scalability where our VP Product, Jay Judkowitz, shares valuable guidance on achieving scale with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)....

Building a Scalable AMR Solution: How OTTO Scales

Jun 04, 2020

This three-part blog series will focus on AMR scalability. Authored by our VP Product, Jay Judkowitz, the series will delve into how scale is achieved at OTTO Motors and the questions you should consi...

Core Value #1 - “Customer First”

Jun 01, 2020

Today marks an important milestone for the company we started in a cold basement with lime green carpets some 11 years ago. The world was a very different place back in late 2008 - The global financia...

Embracing the Digital Mindset: Top Takeaways From MHI’s 2020 Industry Report

May 14, 2020

The 2020 MHI Industry Report provides a wealth of data, analysis and recommendations for your company’s investment plans. Since all five of the top company challenges have remained the same since 2019...

3 Ways Autonomous Mobile Robots Can Improve Your Safety Culture

Apr 30, 2020

Workplace safety has been a prevalent concern for the manufacturing industry, one which has been heightened as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. With approximately half the American workforce still phy...

From Market Insights to Customer Experiences: Our Take On MODEX 2020

Apr 16, 2020

MODEX 2020 was certainly a different experience for attendees and exhibitors this year. On March 11th, while MODEX was in full swing, the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 had become a...

Top 3 Takeaways From PLANT's 2020 Advanced Manufacturing Report

Mar 11, 2020

PLANT Magazine recently released its 2020 Advanced Manufacturing Report. While the report included many insightful statistics into the importance of investing in advanced manufacturing technologies, t...

OTTO Motors to Expand Into Japanese Markets With Its Mobile Robots

Mar 02, 2020

Originally posted in The Robot Report on February 12th, 2020....

The 3 Most Successful Ways to Automate Your Supply Chain

Feb 19, 2020

Supply chain automation uses technology to manage and streamline complex processes. Respondents to the 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report believe supply chain automation will upend the industry by adding...

4 Ways Automation Will Transform Skills Needed in the Workplace

Feb 13, 2020

Every major technological breakthrough in human history has pushed people to embrace new skills. Fears that new technology will make people obsolete and force them out of work are also nothing new; pe...

3 Ways Demand-Driven Supply Chains Benefit From Autonomous Vehicles

Jan 30, 2020

A demand-driven supply chain is flexible enough to respond to real-time signals. It supports fluctuating customer needs, and enables seamless warehouse communication in order to adapt to those changin...

Choosing The Right Material Handling Technology: Why Sunview Patio Doors Automated with AMRs

Jan 22, 2020

Sunview Patio Doors (Sunview) quickly understood that manual material movement was limiting their efficiency, flexibility, and safety. Read more about the challenges that led Sunview to incorporate au...

The Cost of Doing Nothing is Dangerous: Why Sunview Patio Doors Changed From Manual Material Movement

Jan 08, 2020

With 40 years of experience, Sunview Patio Doors (Sunview) is a leader in their industry. Sunview has been successful at meeting customers’ increased demands for faster and better service, while provi...

Five Key Industry 4.0 Technologies

Jan 02, 2020

Originally posted via ARC Advisory Group. New Industry 4.0 technologies, spanning mobile computing to cloud computing, have undergone vast development in the last decade and are now ready to be used a...

iRobotics Industry Set for Seismic Change as Growth Shifts from Fixed Automation to Mobile Systems in Enterprise

Dec 23, 2019

Originally posted on Robotics Tomorrow on December 10th, 2019. ...

How Industry 4.0 Material Handling Technology Impacts Critical KPIs

Dec 12, 2019

Material handling in warehouses and factories is an inefficiency often forgotten about, or completely ignored, in the manufacturing industry. However, material handling is an essential variable cost t...

How Becoming a Showcase Facility Will Benefit Your Bottom Line

Nov 26, 2019

Warehouse managers who invest in innovative Industry 4.0 technology, such as automation, increase efficiency, reduce costs related to human error and adequately meet client needs. Automation can also ...

How the 4 Main Sources of Waste Are Costing Factories Time and Resources

Nov 14, 2019

Waste reduction is an ongoing priority in many warehouses because companies understand the direct connection between eliminating waste and increasing efficiencies in the warehouse.  The four main sour...

Warehouse Automation Market to Hit $27B by 2025

Nov 07, 2019

Originally posted by Robotics Business Review on September 12th, 2019. ...

North American Robot Shipments Grow Beyond Auto Industry, RIA Says

Oct 31, 2019

Originally posted on Robotics Business Review on February 28th, 2019. ...

Robots Will Be Working in 50,000 Warehouses by 2025, Report Says

Oct 24, 2019

Originally posted by Robotics Business Review on March 26th, 2019....

Key Takeaways From Top Performing Industry 4.0 eBook

Oct 17, 2019

Automation has transformed the way factories and warehouses work, making it cheaper and faster to produce a wide variety of products. However, material handling remains an inefficiency in manufacturin...

Robot Mimicry or Mastery? The End of Bench Manufacturing Is Near

Oct 08, 2019

Originally posted by IndustryWeek on April 30th, 2019. Written by Ken Pulverman, CMO of Parsable....

OTTO Motors Discusses Safety of Self-Driving Vehicles Around Workers

Oct 02, 2019

OTTO Motors CTO Ryan Gariepy had the opportunity to present “8 Steps to Safer Autonomous Vehicles” at ROSCon JP on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019. Ryan had a blast discussing Industry 4.0 in front of...

Top 3 Takeaways From MHI's Annual Industry Report

Sep 25, 2019

The 2019 Material Handling Institute (MHI) Annual Industry Report contains a wealth of data on how companies are adopting new supply chain technologies. Here are the top three takeaways you need to kn...

How Autonomous Robots Benefit the Supply Chain

Sep 19, 2019

Manufacturers often struggle to find ways to improve their supply chain. Labour displacement, hiring challenges, and an increased need for safety all negatively impact productivity. However, investmen...

Hiring Qualified Workers Remains Industry’s Top Challenge

Sep 09, 2019

Ahead of other worthy contenders like customer demand for lower prices, faster response times, competitive pressure, and forecasting, manufacturers named “hiring qualified workers” as their top challe...

Move Fast and (Don't) Break Things: Commercializing Robotics at the Speed of Venture Capital

Aug 28, 2019

Clearpath, the parent company of OTTO Motors, had a blast attending 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Montreal, Canada from May 20-24, 2019. Our CTO, Ryan Gariepy...