Amazon has introduced Titan, a new mobile robot with the capability to lift up to 2,500 pounds, expanding its portfolio of robotics used in fulfillment centers. This introduction is part of Amazon’s continued investment in robotics technology to facilitate the movement of heavy and bulky items in its facilities.
Titan is a significant development in Amazon’s history of robotics innovations, offering a substantial increase in lifting capacity compared to previous models. It can lift twice the weight of Hercules, the most broadly deployed robot in Amazon’s operations. Titan’s primary role is to transport larger, bulkier items such as small household appliances, pallets of pet food, and gardening equipment.
One of the key aspects of Titan is its integration of technologies from previous mobile robots. It incorporates the battery and charging management solution from Hercules, and the computer vision, obstacle detection, and user control systems from the Xanthus mobile robot. Additionally, Titan utilizes hardware components from Proteus for managing its operating system.
The deployment of Titan begins at Amazon’s SAT1 fulfillment center in San Antonio, Texas. This facility, launched in 2013, specializes in processing larger, bulkier items, and the inclusion of Titan is expected to modernize operations, enhancing workplace safety and operational efficiency.
The development and manufacturing of robots like Titan are carried out at Amazon’s innovation hub in Massachusetts. This in-house development approach supports job creation and enables Amazon to iterate, scale, and deploy new technologies more rapidly.
Amazon’s journey in robotics began with the acquisition of Kiva Robotics in 2012. Since then, the company has introduced various robotic systems, including Atlas in 2014, Hercules in 2017, and Proteus, which can move autonomously in areas where robots were previously restricted.
Titan, alongside other mobile robots, plays a collaborative role in Amazon’s operations, aiming to create a safer and more ergonomic workplace. These robots are designed to reduce repetitive motions, minimize the need for employees to walk long distances or move heavy objects, and allow employees to focus on tasks requiring new skills. Amazon has over 750,000 robots deployed across its global fulfillment centers.