August 12, 2021
Mobile Industrial Robots has announced the launch of two new autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), aimed at transporting pallets and other heavy items around manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and logistics centers. The MiR600 and MiR1350 robots, which can lift up to 600 kg (1,322 pounds) and 1,350 kg (2,976 pounds), respectively, are designed to perform material handling tasks in challenging industrial environments.
“Customers testing AMRs within their facilities have learned that they want to protect heavier loads, and that successfully investing in large fleets for core production demands even greater levels of reliability, safety and quality,” said Soren E. Nielsen, president of MiR. “Our new industrial and robust robots meet these requirements, making them an easy choice to integrate directly into companies’ workflows.”
The two new AMRs complement the company’s existing AMRs, including the MiR500, MiR1000, MiR250 and MiR100 platforms. In addition to the new payload capacities, the MiR600 and MiR1350 are are IP52-rated, allowing them to tolerate dust and water drops within an industrial environment.
“With AMRs increasingly integrated into core productions, downtime is not an option,” said Nielsen. “Our new AMRs are industry grade and constructed for a long lifetime with easy serviceability, thanks to components and cables that are industrial and easy to access.”
Both the 600 and 1350 models include the same base as the company’s MiR1000, and are aimed at transporting heavy loads of materials and goods in loading bays, production and assembly areas, warehouses, and material delivery areas. Like the company’s other AMRs, the new models can navigate safely among people and other transport vehicles in dynamic surroundings. They include sensors, 3D cameras and the latest laser scanning technology for 360-degree vision. MiR said the new robots are designed to comply with the latest safety standards, including ISO 3691-4 and ANSI/RIA R15.08-1-2020. The company also changed the orientation of the 3D cameras to allow for more object detection and see more of what is in front of the AMRs during navigation.
The new models support lift top modules that can support pallets or to perform pickup and drop-off tasks.
Matt Charles, sales director for the Midwest and Canada for MiR, said the new models allow the company to expand into additional markets, including food & beverage. With the heavier capacities, Charles said the company is focused on automotive, consumer goods, and e-commerce applications. For example, in e-commerce a warehouse worker can load more boxes and orders onto an AMR with a heavier capacity than they could with earlier versions, including loads on pallets. “Ever since we launched the 500 and 1000 years ago, the topic of higher payload has been on everybody’s mind,” said Charles. “This is the question we get almost every meeting.”
In addition to the base AMR platform, MiR said it offers several lift top modules for the MiR600 and MiR1350, enabling them to pick up and drop off pallets and carts for easier integration and scalability through the value chain.
For more details on the new robots, visit the MiR website here.