Robotic automation is filled with all sorts of moving parts that work behind the scenes to make your life easier. Sometimes that means incorporating proprietary tech to create best-of-the-best solutions. IAM Robotics uses patented AMR battery technology to provide enhanced power, autonomy, and ease of use. Our newest robot, Bolt™, detects and communicates its state of charge, travels to a battery swap area, and requests a new battery to keep you productive. Get a glimpse under the hood of the AMR battery powering our Bolt robot. 

About Bolt’s Patented AMR Battery

Bolt is built to keep you moving. It’s unique because it’s equipped with a field-replaceable battery that can be hot swapped without downtime, has battery status messaging capabilities, uses simplified robot operations for low charge situations, and has lower energy mechanical systems.

  • Field-replaceable battery with at least one battery cell
  • Main body configured for at least one battery cell
  • Means to move the field-replaceable battery
  • Charging interface for connecting the battery to an external power source
  • Blind mate connector connected to the battery and configured to engage a corresponding blind mate connector on a device
  • Battery connection angled upward from front to back to lift the battery into an engaged position

These features and more make Bolt user-friendly and extend its lifetime.

Sensing and Adapting to Charge Levels

Bolt really does have an industry-leading battery, giving it unmatched power. Our patented AMR battery is 3.5 times bigger than those found in similar AMRs, making Bolt a powerhouse for your warehouse.

Battery specs:

  • Chemistry: Lithium

  • Runtime: Up to 20 hours (vs. 10-13 hours for other AMRs)
  • Hot-swappable Battery: one (1) battery included; additional batteries for extra fee
  • Charge Time: 80 percent capacity within two (2) hours
  • Battery Capacity: 80 Ah standard; expandable to 120 Ah

Bolt’s battery has a charge sensor that works with a circuit to receive data about the battery’s total remaining power. Additionally, the robot’s internal computer processors receive and respond to state of charge data. Monitoring and communicating battery power are both important because battery charge affects Bolt’s ability to work. 

When battery power is low, its processors send that information to the central server for navigation instructions and/or altered work task(s). Based on its available power, Bolt’s programming can command it to alter its navigation or stop work entirely to either preserve energy or get a charged battery. 

What is Autonomous Charging?

Bolt has autonomous charging capabilities to stay productive and keep your facility operating efficiently, but there are a few puzzle pieces to connect to make this happen. For one, how do you accommodate charging onsite? And how does the robot itself make battery charging easier?

First, you need a designated recharging area within your facility. Inside this space, you’ll need one or more wired charging stations, plus field-replaceable batteries that can also charge here.  

To make the process seamless, Bolt works in conjunction with a remote interface and computer programs that tell it what to do. The robot functions with a primary replaceable battery and a permanent short-life onboard backup. When it needs to recharge, Bolt navigates to the charging area on reserve power from the onboard battery, which maintains power to the robot so you don’t have to turn it off. From here, just remove the depleted battery to charge it and insert a charged one.

How Bolt Uses Hot Swapping

One of the things that makes Bolt so special is that its patented AMR battery is hot swappable. Remember: you don’t have to power down the machine to change and/or charge its battery. But you can’t just drop off the battery and go, either. That’s where hot swapping comes in. Currently, a human operator does this, after the robot drives itself to a battery swapping area. 

Luckily, hot swapping is a cinch. Despite the battery’s size (weighing in at a whopping 95 pounds), one person can easily swap Bolt’s battery in 10 seconds or less. Just push the ‘eject’ button to release. Once the battery is removed, push a new one into place. Caters attached to the bottom of the robot make it easy to pull the battery out, while rails on either side of the battery cavity help you push a new one in. Our patented design provides a system for the battery to be elevated off the ground when it’s pushed into place.

Outperform the Competition with Bolt’s Patented AMR Battery Technology

Keep your facility moving faster, longer, and farther with Bolt. Thanks to a larger battery that keeps running for up to 20 continuous hours and autonomous charging capabilities, Bolt helps you gain efficiencies to outperform the competition. Get in touch with us today about Bolt’s power to do more.