How our modular design turned a core electronics system into a scalable shelf-ready product.

Transport Design Bluefrog Design
  • Guidance Automation
  • Industrial
  • Design
  • Design Development
  • Mechanical Engineerring
  • Detail Design
  • Prototyping
  • Functional Prototypes
  • AMR Piece Picking Robots

Guidance Automation required a complete prototype within a six-month window to be included at an exhibition. In total, we manufactured eight units for field demonstrations.  

Guidance Automation manufactures natural feature navigation systems for AMR’s (Autonomous Mobile Robots). They already had a navigation system and drivetrain prototype for customers to incorporate into their own machines. What they needed was a fully finished AMR that customers could buy ‘off-the-shelf’.

Bluefrog Design was approached to develop a modular system vehicle comprising of a base unit and interface, giving Guidance Automation a first stage prototype AMR they could develop for manufacture. Working closely with electronic and hardware engineers from Guidance Automation, our industrial design consultants took that a step further, delivering a complete modular system that was ready for market.

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The Journey

Our design began with the base unit for the system that considered the various environments and rigorous uses the AMR would be subjected to. The housing for the existing drivetrain needed to be robust and low maintenance for long-term performance, with simple assembly and easy access to components for servicing and repair. As part of the development, we considered the full-scale manufacturing processes; upon leaving Bluefrog Design the AMR was ready to scale up without losing any of the intrinsic design.

For the next stage, we developed a universal interface and a lifting mechanism that was adaptable for a variety of applications to suit various environments, such as hospitals, warehousing and e-commerce fulfilment. This gave Guidance Automation plenty of scope for future development in response to diverse customer needs. As a final piece in the development, Bluefrog Design completed a choice of two top modules – the conveyor-topped iNcaart and the pick-assist briNgbot.

The Outcome

The project itself was accomplished against tight timescales. Guidance Automation required a complete, tested and functional prototype within a six-month window to be included in an exhibition. In total we manufactured eight units for field demonstrations, giving Guidance Automation a stylish TroNnik base unit with optional iNcaart and briNgbot tops. All three systems are now in mass production.

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