Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) has been named to Fast Company’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022, placing third out of 10 in the robotics category. Each year, the publication honors businesses that are thriving in today’s ever-changing world and making the biggest impact on their industries and culture. MiR was recognized for introducing more powerful and robust robots able to safely transport heavier materials in challenging manufacturing and warehouse environments.
“As multiple industries face ongoing labor shortages, productivity declines and disrupted supply chains, automating more mundane and potentially dangerous material transport tasks has become a key solution for staying competitive,” said Søren E. Nielsen, president of MiR. “These new, more powerful autonomous mobile robots provide what more companies have been asking for as they build out their AMR fleets: the ability to autonomously and safely transport heavier materials in more environments. We are excited to see how these robots are already increasing efficiencies for our customers.”
The MiR600 and MiR1350—the newest robots in MiR’s family of safe, reliable and easy-to-use AMRs—can autonomously haul and lift loads up to 600 kg (1,322 pounds) and 1350 kg (2,976 pounds), respectively. The first Ingress Protection52-rated AMRs have components able to handle dust and water drops typical in manufacturing facilities and warehouses, and are equipped with multiple sensors, 3D cameras, and lidar to avoid collision with human coworkers.
These robots were a large part of MiR’s success in 2021, where the company experienced a 42% increase in robot sales over 2020. Last year, the company also launched the MiR250 Hook, designed to streamline the towing of multiple types of transport carts. The MiR250 Hook, as well as the MiR600 and MIR1350, can be integrated into a fleet of AMRs from MIR through the MiRFleet, MiR’s fleet management software.
“These technologies continue to play a pivotal role in advancing this young industry as we all learn new ways to deploy AMRs within different facilities, from warehousing and manufacturing plants to hospitals,” Nielsen added. “As we continue to innovate to meet the needs and challenges of our customers, we expect to see even more deploy full fleets of mobile robots across their organizations as they become more confident in the benefits they bring and see the fast return on investment.”