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Mobile Industrial Robots to deploy AMRs for Koch Industries


Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) has partnered with Guardian Industries, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, to test an automation solution for in-house transportation.

Guardian Industries deployed MiR robots in two U.S. sites as pilot projects in 2020. The success of these pilot projects has led Koch Industries and MiR to agree to evaluate the technology globally.

MiR, a maker of autonomous mobile robots (AMR), has five models in its fleet. The robots can be customized with different top modules to meet customer needs.

“We will implement the robots in multiple plants with different layouts and products, so it is important for us to have a logistics solution that can fit into all types of environments and easily adapt to new tasks,” says Peter Westrick, material handling engineer, Guardian.

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“In general, we see a great potential across industries for optimizing internal logistic workflows, from inbound and outbound logistics to material handling in manufacturing plants, and our industry-graded robots can be deployed directly into these different workflows,” says Christian Clausen, sales director, MiR. “The plant setups of today are agile and highly dynamic, and people, equipment, pallets and other obstacles can appear in what used to be open passageways.”

“Our mobile robots fit these ever-changing environments very well,” Clausen added. “With their collaborative, autonomous navigation, automated material transportation becomes flexible and easily adaptable without additional cost or disruption to processes.”

MiR has a global distribution network in more than 60 countries and local offices in New York, San Diego, Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Tokyo and Shanghai.