OTTO Motors Optimizes Floor Space in Manufacturing Facilities, Expands Software Capabilities

Autonomous mobile robot provider advances its comprehensive software with improvements to commissioning, security, and interoperability support

Kitchener, ON — February 28, 2024 — OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), a leading provider of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), today released its latest software update, version 2.30, designed to optimize floor space and enhance operations in confined manufacturing environments. 

Manufacturers, especially in brownfield facilities, can optimize floor space by decreasing the area needed for dedicated AMR parking by up to 50%. Brownfield facilities, characterized by narrow aisles and limited space, often impede one-way or two-way AMR traffic flow and may not accommodate parking and charging infrastructure for larger fleets. With features such as parking space optimization, OTTO AMRs can now park at locations other than their designated parking spaces, reducing travel time and improving floor space utilization.

“Brownfield facilities are highly space-constrained, and it’s been a priority for OTTO Motors to help manufacturers deploy and scale AMRs in these confined spaces,” said Jay Judkowitz, vice president, product, OTTO Motors. “Last year, we introduced two new AMRs—OTTO 600 and OTTO 1200—which are some of the smallest in their payload classes. Simultaneously, our previous software release introduced a new feature that improves throughput in narrow aisles by allowing customers to create traffic zones—such as exclusion, speed limit, and single robot zones—for specific robot types. In our newest software update, we’ve introduced a combination of features that empower customers to deploy and scale AMRs effectively in the tightest and most dynamic environments.”

The latest software release also delivers:

  • Easier commissioning: An updated commissioning UI enables faster and more precise map editing, improving accuracy especially at scale. Users can now easily replicate configurations and make changes to multiple endpoints——such as chargers and pallets—at once, reducing time needed for commissioning. 
  • Fortified security: A new user authentication functionality enables single sign-on for enhanced security and customer convenience. Additionally, all traffic accessing the OTTO App is now encrypted via HTTPS, bolstering system security.
  • Expanded support for VDA5050: As one of the first AMR vendors to support the VDA5050 interoperability standard, OTTO Motors has further expanded its capabilities, now allowing third-party controllers to perform tasks like activating lift attachments, downloading or deleting a map, and triggering robot snapshots.

Learn more about the above features in the blog.

OTTO Motors leads the AMR industry with continuous software innovations that unlock new applications and revolutionize the way industries move material. Consistent software releases enable AMRs to move faster, safer, and more efficiently, resulting in higher ROI for customers. The OTTO AMR software suite is proven in the industry with over five million hours of production driving experience and is trusted for large-scale deployments by the most reputed brands like Toyota and GE.

The latest software release will be showcased in booth #B9419 at MODEX from March 11-14 in Atlanta, USA, and in booth #6B71 at LogiMAT from March 19-21 in Stuttgart, Germany.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 29,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit

About OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation

OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation is a global leader in autonomous technology for material handling inside manufacturing and warehouse facilities. With over five million hours of production experience, OTTO autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are trusted in mission-critical operations for some of the world’s most recognized brands. OTTO Motors was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Robotics Companies of 2023. For more information, visit


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