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Mobile Industrial Robots launches new MiR200 logistics robot

Mobile Industrial Robots, a developer and manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots for logistics, has launched its newest robot, the MiR200.

The company says the MiR200 is “a more powerful mobile robot in almost every aspect” than the company’s flagship MiR100, which has already been installed in more than 30 countries by companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Flex, Honeywell, Michelin, Procter & Gamble, Toyota and Walmart.

MiR says its vehicles are “a dramatic improvement over legacy automated guided vehicles”, which require the expensive and inflexible installation of sensors or magnets into factory floors for guidance. 

MiR products are designed to give owners the flexibility to easily redeploy the robots to different processes or facility layouts to support changing business needs and agile manufacturing processes, says the company.

It adds that the launch of the MiR200 enables customers to have even more choices in how to effectively, quickly and cost-effectively automate their material transportation needs.

MiR CEO Thomas Visti, says: “Our robots are changing the game for any size business, from small, regional companies to large multinationals.

“With the new interface of the MiR200, it’s even easier for companies to program the robot themselves and adapt its deployment as their business evolves. That’s critical for their competitiveness, and supports extremely fast ROI. The robot typically pays for itself in less than a year, even in very dynamic environments.”

MiR has also updated its user interface. The company says the MiR200 web-based user interface makes programming easier for users who have no previous experience and allowing for even more optimized implementation.

Updates include customizable dashboards, improved mapping, easier creation of robot missions and tasks, multi-level permissions, responsive web design and comprehensive browser support. Integrated help and product documentation provides additional guidance.

The MiR200 doubles the payload capacity of the MiR100 to 200kg/440lbs, and offers a MiRHook option for autonomous towing of carts up to 500kg/1102lbs.

The robot offers exceptional flexibility for top modules – including racks, shelves, conveyors, lifts or even collaborative robot arms – which can be easily customized and mounted to meet specific application requirements.

With its ESD-compliant exterior, the MiR200 is ideal for electronic assembly applications where parts being transported must be protected from electrostatic discharge.

MiR robots offer more high-performance sensor technologies than any other mobile robot on the market.

Six separate sensor systems feed data to the robot’s real-time navigation and safety algorithms. This enables quick decisions for highly efficient and safe operation of the robot, even in changing situations where people, extension cords, pallets or boxes can create unpredictable obstacles.

Full 360-degree scanning allows the robot to safely back up, rather than being limited to forward motion.

Additional sensors prevent blindspots by identifying obstacles above the robot, such as a table, and can look ahead and down to identify holes or stairwells, as well as clear obstacles such as glass walls.