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Konica Minolta Australia and MiR offering now available

by Helen J. Wolf
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Konica Minolta Australia has announced that the MiR1350 is now available through its partner, Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), bringing greater efficiency and productivity.

The collaborative mobile robot manufacturer says its latest offering is the most powerful autonomous mobile robot (AMR) the company has produced, meeting the highest robotic standards available.

In addition, the MiR1350 has a high payload for transporting heavy objects and has a long life due to its robust design.

It will also navigate smoothly and efficiently in dynamic environments. It is the first AMR with an IP52 rating due to its improved and protected components resistant to dust particles and liquids.

Konica Minolta Australia and MiR offering now available

“The evolution of AMRs, including the high-performance MiR1350, is playing an important role in driving sovereign capacity for manufacturing in Australia,” said Matthew Hunter, Konica Minolta’s national manager of emerging technology.

“Many manufacturing sectors, especially food and beverage manufacturing, rely on large numbers of workers to assist in operations.

“The reality is that in today’s work environment, manufacturers are dealing with huge staff shortages.

“It doesn’t matter how efficient a production line is; when it relies on human interaction to take in and take out goods, there is always a risk in efficiency, productivity, and safety.

“AMRs are ideal for taking on tasks such as pulling pallets from the production line to the warehouse, mitigating those risks, and freeing up available workers to focus on higher value tasks or tasks that robots cannot do.” to do.”

The payload of 1,350 kg is designed to improve logistics operations.

With specially designed pallet lifters, the MiR1350 can automatically lift, transport, and deliver pallets, providing a safe alternative to traditional pallet lifters and trucks that require people to operate them.

The ability to circumvent obstacles, including humans, through advanced technology and software can also allow it to navigate autonomously and choose the most efficient route.

Equipped with the latest laser scanner technology, the MiR1350 has a 360-degree view, as well as two 3D cameras on the front to see from 30mm to 2,000mm above the floor, and two sensors in each corner to see pallets and other obstacles that are so low that they are usually difficult for robots to detect.

The MiR1350 gives manufacturers complete control and ownership of their robot through the intuitive MiR Robot Interface, which is available via smartphone, tablet, or computer and can be programmed based on previous experience.

It can also be integrated into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and added to existing MiR fleets. The top modules, such as pallet forks, conveyors, or robotic arms, can be quickly and easily changed for the application it is used for.

“There is a significant, rapid return on investment to be achieved by implementing AMRs in production plants, especially for large, long-haul, multi-shift, and 24×7 operations,” says Hunter.

“AMRs can be used not only to reduce labor costs but also to ensure that these resources are spent in the best possible way, all leading to a more resilient, sustainable production operation.

“Automation is already widely used by the manufacturing industry in the production line, so the next step with AMR makes sense.

“Ultimately, successful onshore manufacturing will help boost the Australian economy and make manufacturers more competitive.”

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