The Advantages and Disadvantages of Navigation Based Mobile Robots

Regarding warehouse automation, all types of businesses are trying to embrace and understand new technologies like how various technologies can help fulfill their order and operations on time, productivity, profitability, and efficiency.

One such technology that has become popular over time is navigation based mobile robots

What Is Navigation Based Mobile Robot?

Navigation based mobile robots refer to robots that can move around a particular area without direct human supervision. These robots carry out several jobs like transporting materials and goods, etc.

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Advantages of Navigation Based Mobile Robots

Here are the few advantages of navigation based mobile robots

Navigation Based Mobile Robots are highly autonomous

One of the best advantages of Navigation based mobile robots is their autonomy. It moves on its own. It can scan any area for obstacles.

This also covers regions that might transform over time, like a set of people entering the warehouse, which poses an obstacle for the robot. 

For instance, in place of an entire area, a robot can be guided with the starting point and the endpoint and create a new path.

The warehouse map can even be uploaded to the robot in advance. This will make the entire process time-saving and safer.

Navigation Based Mobile Robots are flexible

A navigation-based mobile robot doesn’t need to move from one point to the other in a specific route. Instead, they can create their route as per the obstacles and finish the work more efficiently.

This refers to that navigation-based mobile robots are far more flexible regarding new tasks. Furthermore, there is also the flexibility to get those reprogrammed, so new routes and layout can be configured accordingly.

Navigation Based Mobile Robots can be installed quickly

All the software is included in navigation based mobile robots at the development stage itself. Thus there is no need to create a new connection between the production line software and the mobile robot. All links are already established in the interfaces.

Disadvantages of Navigation Based Mobile Robots

Here are some of the disadvantages of navigation based mobile robots

Navigation Based Mobile Robots are not suitable for heavyweight tasks

One of the most significant disadvantages of a navigation-based mobile robot is its limitations in carrying loads. It can only lift to one ton while other traditional forklifts can carry up to 30 tonnes at one time.

Navigation Based Mobile Robots moves slower and less charging time

Another disadvantage is at a stretch, a navigation-based mobile robot cannot travel beyond 7km/h, which is again less than a forklift. Though the operating time is up to 15 hours, the charging time is 2-3 hours. In an industrial setting, this is considered downtime.

Navigation-Based Mobile Robots pose few safety risks

While using a navigation-based mobile robot, a few safety issues are in scope. Every time it has to be looked into that the robot is not overloaded.

If there is an emergency brake, the load on the robot will fall off and might cause severe injury to any staff or employee around.

Therefore, the safety part should be considered an essential part of the commissioning and tendering of navigation-based mobile robot solutions.


Navigation-based mobile robots can turn out to be influential to your warehouse, giving you the scope to increase productivity, efficiency, and profitability with much low investment costs.

By determining the advantages and disadvantages, a trusted system integrator will be the best one to determine whether Navigation-based mobile robots complement your operation or any other technology is a better alternative.



Rajib is the Co-Founder and the Lead Product Analyst of RiansTech. A BTech in Mechanical Engineering and a veteran in the Home Appliance industry with over 17 years of experience in designing appliances for industry leaders like GE and Whirlpool. He also runs a successful niche blog (RiansClub) on Mechanical Engineering