June 15, 2022
Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) has announced new software that enables more robust and scalable autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for faster missions, tighter integration with other systems, and enhanced security features. The first phase of the software is now available for individual robots or entire fleets.
The software focuses includes a more intuitive UI that lets customers perform functions such as:
- Planning and re-planning navigation on the fly around obstacles with optimized reaction to anything moving nearby, such as other robots, forklifts or human workers;
- Navigating in large facilities efficiently and switching smoothly between different floors or production halls.
MiR said the new functionality ensures optimum throughput for its AMRs, to let them navigate efficiently while avoiding bottlenecks.
“Our experiences with hundreds of customers over the years has made it clear not only that software is key to automation, but also which new features provide the greatest overall experience,” said Søren Nielsen, president of MiR. “This new software stack lays a powerful foundation for optimizing the use of our AMRs now and into the future as we adapt to dynamic environments and technology advancements. From enabling operators to more quickly and smoothly plan out the robots’ missions or ensuring even greater levels of cybersecurity and integration across a facility’s myriad systems, we will continue to enhance our robots’ performance to keep facilities productive and business executives happy.”
The company said its new software comes with a completely redesigned UI to enhance the overall ease of use, with different user levels available. The software can be used on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets, allowing employees to access different dashboards or summon the robots with a single click.
“We want to empower companies to get started with automation in a simple way,” said Nielsen. “It takes less than an hour to set up simple tasks for a robot via our new interface. For complex tasks that might require advanced features and settings, the UI still enables employees to easily and efficiently operate the robots. When combined with the added efficiency of the robots, users quickly realize a low total cost of ownership of our AMRs.”
Security features of the new software include a focus of the IEC 62443 cybersecurity standard for industrial automation systems, including software code signing; extended robot authentication; and update of the robot operating system.
For more details on the new software, visit the MiR website here.