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Material Transport (AMTS)
This project is no longer active.
Contact: Thomas Gordon
Mailing address:
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
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This page last updated - May 2011.
NREC developed AMTS, an innovative system for accurately guiding robotic material transport vehicles in industrial settings.

AMTS uses robotic lift trucks to automate the transfer of pallets and other materials from semi-trailers onto robotic tugs for transport in factories and warehouses. It makes use of a sophisticated downward computer vision system and LADAR range finders to direct and control these vehicles as they load and unload material and transport it across the factory floor.

AMTS’s lower-cost, infrastructure-free automation system decreases human involvement in setting up and operating material transport systems. It makes automated loading and unloading of over-the-road trailers more feasible and cost-effective.