MIR Case Studies
Stera Technologies provide contract manufacturing services to a wide range of industries. Stera’ s plant in Turku, Finland, runs 24/7 and has recent years conducted an automation project to increase productivity and stay competitive. They have increased the number of industrial robots in the production from 13 to 26 the last two years, but they were challenged by having materials delivered on time from the warehouse to the production cells, as their truck drivers could not keep up with the demand. To avoid downtime in the production, Stera has deployed a MiR500 autonomous mobile robot to deliver components from the warehouse to the production and finished goods back to the warehouse.
Determined to set high standards in an industry increasingly driven by automation, Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. (Infinitus), specializing in the R&D and manufacture of Chinese herbal supplements, identified intralogistics efficiency as a key development driver. To this end, three MiR200 robots utilizing state-of-the-art Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) technology were deployed at the oral liquid production workshop of the company’s Jiangmen plant. Thanks to their superior flexibility, cost efficiency, productivity, and unique appeal, MiR robots are helping Infinitus advance faster than ever on the company’s automation journey.
Three mobile robots from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) are helping Honeywell Safety & Productivity Solutions keep its manufacturing processes lean and agile and optimizing workflows by automating the transfer of materials throughout the facility. Equipped with top module conveyors, the mobile robots are fully automating the internal transportation of materials throughout the multi-storey facility, where the robots are autonomously navigating, collecting materials, opening doors, and control a lift, freeing up employees for higher-value tasks.
The pioneer Henry Ford transformed the lives of many people with his vision of making a car accessible that was as practical as it was affordable and today FORD Motor is one of the leading car manufacturers in the world. In its factory in Almussafes-Valencia Spain, one of FORD’s most innovative plants in Europe, the plant produces a number of popular models such as the Kuga, Mondeo and S-Max.
A fleet of seven autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) works around the clock to optimize the transportation of raw materials to its production and storage lines while improving the work environment
German-based Cabka Group recycles post-industrial plastics into pallets and other material-handling products. Cabka’s North American plant in the St. Louis, Missouri area runs 24/7 to manufacture about 5,000 pallets per day, but is challenged by labor shortages, with high turnover of temporary workers leading to expensive downtime. The MiR500 is a key component of a new, fully automated production line that will be replicated throughout the facility to minimize dependency on temporary workers while also improving product quality and worker safety.
Every year, 100,000 pallets of materials and components arrive at Kverneland Group in Denmark. The materials and components are machined and fitted, so that finished agricultural machinery can leave the factory’s warehouse in containers. Around 500 employees share 55,000 m2 (592,000 square feet) of factory space with the company’s many powered pallet trucks and lifters, which constantly move all over the production site. Kverneland is now using collaborative and autonomous mobile robots (AMR) from Mobile Industrial Robots to reduce the amount of indoor truck driving in order to improve the working environment and productivity.
To keep production processes lean and stocks low, the automotive supplier, NIDEC GPM Group, relies on the autonomous mobile robots from Mobile Industrial Robots: at its location in the Thuringian municipality of Auengrund, three MiR100 robots, equipped with the MiRHook towing system, transport material and empty containers between the warehouse and assembly lines. The freed-up human resources can be converted into productive time. Such innovative capacity is a prerequisite for NIDEC to remain competitive.
Five hospital departments at Zealand University Hospital in Denmark now receive daily autonomous deliveries from the hospital’s sterilization center. The implementation of a mobile robot from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) is helping realize the goal of flexible and automated logistics throughout the upcoming 190,000 square meter super hospital.
At Indianapolis-based Metro Plastics, a MiR200 robot from Mobile Industrial Robots has nearly eliminated fork truck traffic on the production floor, improving worker safety and ergonomics. By automating the transport of finished goods to quality assurance while jobs are in process, the company is also able to immediately identify and address quality issues, which helps reduce waste and drive competitiveness.
The multinational manufacturer of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning products deploys a MiR200 in its Barcelona plant to deliver parts and materials to one of its newest production lines and pick up packaging materials for disposal.
The MiR200 robot’s high payload capabilities, ease-of-use, and cleanroom compliance smooth the production flow for surgical instrument manufacturer Argon Medical Devices. The robot allows skilled workers to stay gowned for cleanroom work, improving productivity and saving the equivalent of one full headcount from material transportation tasks.