October 5, 2022
Teradyne, which owns both Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) and AutoGuide Mobile Robots, has announced the merging of the two companies to become a single supplier of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The new integrated company officially became known as Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), with long-time Teradyne executive Walter Vahey named as the company’s new president.
The headquarters of MiR will be in Odense, Denmark, where MiR has managed its global operations since its 2013 launch. MiR develops and markets collaborative AMRs that can manage internal logistics operations, freeing up employees to perform higher-value tasks. Prior to the merge, MiR’s AMRs could carry payloads and pallets up to 3,000 lbs (1,350 kg). WIth the AutoGuide merger, MiR’s portfolio will expand to include high payload AMR tuggers and forklifts that will operate on the MiRFleet software.
Vahey, who led Teradyne’s acquisition of MiR in 2018 and AutoGuide in 2019, said customers in the global market for internal logistics are asking for a full line of AMRs that include low, medium, and high payload vehicles to automate material transport throughout the value chain.
Walter Vahey, new president of Mobile Industrial Robots.
“By joining forces, we will uniquely meet our customers’ need for automation of internal logistics, from a single supplier offering easy to deploy, reliable, scalable AMRs with common fleet management software,” said Vahey. “This close collaboration [with AutoGuide] accelerated the merger. Being one organization helps ensure we deliver a broad AMR product line operating on a common fleet software to our customers.”
The new version of MiR will include 450 employees, including 250 engineers. MiR said it has sold more than 7,000 AMRs across 60 countries, constituting a safe and efficient alternative to traditional automated guided vehicles (AGVs), forklifts and pallet trucks.
In addition to its Odense headquarters, MiR has regional offices in Boston; Holbrook, New York; San Diego; Chelmsford, Mass.; Georgetown, Ky.; Singapore; Frankfurt; Barcelona; Tokyo; Seol; and Shanghai.
For more information on MiR, visit its website here.