Transporting non-conveyable items within distribution and fulfilment centers—typically a manual task—is becoming more flexible and less cumbersome thanks to the emergence of automation technologies such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Josh Cloer, sales director, Americas, for Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), will highlight the pivotal role AMRs now play in automating this task during a session at Robotics Industries Associations’ Robotics Week 2020 virtual event, September 8–11.
“With the growing online marketplace and increasing demand for home delivery of larger goods, there is an ever-greater need for moving non-conveyable items in distribution and fulfillment centers,” said Cloer, who on September 10 will join other robotic manufacturers in a session entitled “Logistics and Warehousing: Use Cases for Robotics.” “Historically, moving non-conveyable items has been a challenging task to automate, so have remained largely manual. New technology in the form of autonomous mobile robots provides an easier way to transport goods, making automating the movement of non-conveyables a reality.”
In addition to its part on the virtual panel, MiR will demonstrate its entire fleet of collaborative, flexible and robust AMRs, including its most recent addition, the MiR250. In three months, the company sold and shipped “more than three digits” of this robot, which is faster, safer and more agile than any other solution in the category, Cloer added. “The MiR250 is lower and narrower than other AMRs, making it especially attractive for facilities with tighter spaces as it can smoothly and efficiently navigate in—and through—door openings, small elevators and even under tables.”
Other MiR solutions demonstrated in the company’s virtual booth include the MiR100, MiR200, MiR500 and MiR1000. Designed for both light and heavy internal transport, these AMRs optimize logistics throughout the entire production chain, from the warehouse to the delivery of goods. MiR AMRs are already installed in more than 50 countries at companies such as Toyota, Ford Motors, Raytheon, ABB and CABKA North America.
To visit MiR’s virtual booth at Robotics Week, and schedule online demos or chats with members of MiR’s sales team, register here.
Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) develops and markets the industry’s most advanced line of collaborative and safe autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that quickly, easily and cost-effectively manage internal logistics, freeing employees for higher-value activities. Hundreds of mid-sized through large multinational manufacturers and logistics centers, along with several hospitals around the world, have already installed MiR’s innovative robots. MiR has quickly established a global distribution network in more than 50 countries, with regional offices in New York, San Diego, Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Shanghai. MiR has grown quickly since its founding in 2013, with sales rising by 500 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 300% from 2016 to 2017 and 160% from 2017 to 2018. Founded and run by experienced Danish robotics industry professionals, MiR is headquartered in Odense, Denmark. In 2018, it was acquired by Teradyne, the leading supplier of automated test equipment. For more information, visit www.mobile-industrial-robots.com.