Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) has launched its latest patented autonomous mobile robot (AMR) for collecting and towing carts through dynamic and constricted industrial spaces.
The MiR250 Hook is designed to offer a robust user-friendly solution that easily and cost-effectively automates the transport of various sizes of loaded carts weighing up to 1100 lb. (500 kg).
According to MiR, the latest generation of the MiR Hook solution further optimises internal logistics and other workflows at industrial facilities to increase productivity and profitability and freeing human workers for higher-value tasks.
“At workplaces worldwide, humans move thousands of carts and transport cages manually between departments, a highly repetitive and time-consuming task,” said Søren E. Nielsen, president of MiR.
“With the highly precise and powerful MiR250 Hook, towing carts and transport cages through dynamic and potentially constricted environments is now easier, more manageable and quite economical.
“There is no need to modify the layout of the facility or purchase new carts, since the MiR250 Hook can autonomously locate and attach to almost any type of cart via QR codes or AprilTags and deliver it to its destination without human involvement.”
The MiR250 Hook travels at speeds up to 4.5mph (2 m/s). The company added this speed, flexibility and industrial design of the AMR optimises workflows across industries and increases the range of applications. For example, the automated delivery of components by the MiR250 Hook to human workers creates more efficient flow at an assembly line.
“These workers can then spend their time assembling products rather than collecting material and parts,” Nielsen added. “The company also saves space in the production area when carts with components are delivered just in time from stock.”