Jun 15, 2020

OTTO Motors: driving industrial industry 4.0

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Industrial automation robots
Manufacturing Global discovers how OTTO Motors helps industrial companies drive transformation with fully autonomous, flexible material handling...

Providing its services to the likes of General Electric (GE), Sunview Patio Doors (Sunview), Amway, Cober Solutions and HIROTEC AMERICA, OTTO Motors Material Movement Platform combines three integrated solutions: OTTO Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), OTTO Fleet Manager and OTTO Care.

Four key benefits of its products stated by the company include: overcoming labour shortages, recovering wasted floor space, standardisation across all facilities and ensuring the safety of your workforce.

A breakdown of OTTO Motors three integrated solutions

OTTO Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)

Believing that “modern enterprises need modern material handling,” OTTO Motors has three types of AMRs that it offers including: OTTO 100, OTTO 750 and OTTO 1500. Depending on a company's unique material flow needs, such as payload capacity, material movement method, and its facility size, OTTO Motors has multiple solutions for varying needs.

OTTO Fleet Manager

Providing one central place to manage an entire fleet OTTO Fleet Manager provides the systems and tools needed to effectively handle material workflow.

Features of OTTO’s fleet manager include: traffic control with dynamic mapping and automatic traffic enforcement; job supervision with intelligent job scheduling; robot management with smart notifications; and facility integration with powerful analytics and flexible APIs and integration.


Via its OTTO Care product, OTTO Motors strives to ensure that a company’s automated workforce is always healthy. Giving company’s “peace of mind through software and hardware support to keep your fleet and materials moving.”

Features of OTTO Care include: The latest OTTO software and features; technical support, tools and training; and proactive maintenance and mission-critical on-site repair.

As a result companies can benefit from extended fleet life due to proactive maintenance; realise potential future value and reduce costs and gain cost predictability.

About OTTO Motors

Founded in 2015, OTTO Motors, designs flexible and intelligent autonomous mobile robots, “with the ultimate goal of automating the world's dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs.”

To achieve this goals, OTTO Motors was built on 10 core values:

  • Focusing on customer happiness and understanding the customer's needs better than they do.
  • Breaking problems down to first principles and asking lots of questions, challenging assumptions with data.
  • Tackling difficult conversations head-on, always being honest, direct and transparent.
  • Remaining humble, pushing to become better, “everybody has something to learn. Seek first to understand, then be understood.
  • Making smart investments, to achieve its overall ambitions.
  • “Anticipate where we’re going and invest in systems that scale – help us build for the future.”
  • Have the ability to operate in a fast paced environment by analyzing failure and learning from it.
  • Inspiring confidence and admiration in every interaction.
  • Empowerment of employees and customers.
  • Embracing risk and hard problems. “If our ambitions aren’t uncomfortable or terrifying, we are not pushing ourselves far enough.”

To find out more about OTTO Motors and the services it can provide the industrial manufacturing industry, click here!

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 


Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.


Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance


  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites


5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.


Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 


Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 


And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.


The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.


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