- October 09, 2023
- Interroll Corporation
Sept. 27, 2023 - Interroll, a global market leader in material handling solutions, today introduced an expansion to the light conveyor platform (LCP) designed to facilitate the handling of lightweight goods with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). This innovative offering combines Interrolls’ decades of experience in traditional conveyor systems with leading-edge AMR technology from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), empowering customers worldwide to streamline internal logistics while serving as a flexible bridge between fixed conveyor systems and production lines.
The combination of the MiR250 with Interroll’s light conveyor platform top module has significantly reduced manual handling and transportation times, allowing the company’s skilled workforce to focus on tasks requiring human expertise, creativity and decision-making.
MiR’s AMRs are versatile robot platforms capable of accommodating myriad top modules and other accessories to enhance their functionality. Interroll’s LCP AMR top module is the newest certified application in the MIR Go partner program, the largest ecosystem of AMR applications with more than 160 top modules that seamlessly connect to the mobile robots.
“Our customers seek proven solutions with the same quality of our robots to easily integrate into their core production processes, and that’s surely what a respective leader like Interroll offers,” said Rasmus Smet Jensen, VP of Marketing & Strategy, MiR. “This compact robot and connected conveyor solution will undoubtedly enhance material handling processes worldwide, even under highly dynamic conditions.”
New solution optimizes operations across multiple floors at Interroll facility
As part of its rigorous testing process, Interroll implemented the new LCP AMR top module with a MiR250 robot in its Center of Excellence in Sant Antonino, Switzerland. Specializing in the production of techno-polymer injection-molded parts, the facility spans two floors, presenting a unique logistical challenge. Previously, material handling from production to the logistics area required manual labor because no other logistics solution could offer the flexibility required for multi-floor operations. MiR’s AMRs effortlessly navigate this multi-floor environment, autonomously using elevators to move between floors.
“Selecting MiR as a partner for the LCP AMR top module was a strategic choice,” said Jens Strüwing, executive vice president, Product & Technology of the Interroll Group. “Like Interoll, MiR is a global market leader in material handling. After testing the MiR robots in our own facility, we are confident in their ability to optimize our internal processes. The seamless compatibility of MiR’s AMRs with our production logistics, precise navigation capabilities in dynamic environments, the adaptability to layout changes and workflows along with enhanced workplace safety makes them an ideal fit for us.”
Streamlines processes and boosts ROI through full shift operations
To further optimize processes, Interroll utilizes MiR Insights, MiR’s cloud-based software that visualizes key performance indicators such as distance driven, completed missions and robot utilization rates. This software provides insights into high-traffic areas, enabling Interroll to enhance robot workflows and throughput. Since the introduction of MiR Insights in June 2023, the MiR250 operates an average of 22.3 hours per day, covering 106 km (65 miles) within the factory premises.
The combination of the MiR250 with the LCP AMR top module has significantly reduced manual handling and transportation times, allowing Interroll’s skilled workforce to focus on tasks requiring human expertise, creativity and decision-making. The company anticipates a positive ROI due to increased efficiency and reduced labor costs.