- January 04, 2023
- Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)
This investment in 14 MiR robots provided the Tier 1 automotive supplier with production stability and reliability in its Czech plant with return on investment (ROI) in less than two years.
Jan. 4, 2023 - FORVIA, a global leader in the automotive technology industry, has increased its logistics productivity, strengthened stability of production processes and decreased safety risks with a fleet of robots from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR). The return of investment (ROI) from the 14 autonomous mobile robots (AMR) working in the Faurecia Clean Mobility plant in Písek, Czech Republic, was less than two years.
Seven of FORVIA’s heavy duty MiR robots, mainly MiR600s, work in finished goods, bringing empty pallets to the assembly lines and picking up full pallets to transport to the logistics area. The second area, where MiR250 robots operate, moves components from the warehouse to assembly lines. The robots in the plant work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, covering all three operation shifts.
Before FORVIA initiated the project, the logistics on the shop floor relied mostly on manual processes, forklifts and stackers equipment, without any automation. In fact, the company considered the risk of human injuries has been quite high, and FORVIA decided to automate the heaviest and most dangerous processes. The principal goal was to bring technology that increases the safety and productivity.
“One of the main challenges of the project was to deploy a flexible logistics environment capable of meeting the ever-changing needs on our plant’s shop floor,” said Martin Horáček, supply chain operations manager in Faurecia Clean Mobility Europe. “Our shop floor environment is extremely live and intense, with various logistics equipment including palletizers, carts, forklifts etc. encountering people serving production lines. Autonomous mobile robots from Mobile Industrial Robots appeared to fit the best in this plant.”
MiR Fleet is used to organize missions. Together with using internal script, the software helps to optimize the logistics flow to the lines and between the lines. All the communication with doors, gates, a strapping machine etc. is fully automatic without the need for operator assistance. A target for the next year is to integrate MiR Fleet into the company’s ERP system.
MiR robots provide customer with full autonomy, enabling them to easily set up new routes without additional magnetic tapes or other external guidance necessary for using other intralogistic technologies. The MiR robots and people work well together and avoid bottlenecks, as the intelligent robots can recognize people on the shop floor and can stop or bypass them without decreasing the robots’ efficiency.
General benefits of deploying MiR robots span into three main areas:
- Improved safety by eliminating forklifts on the shop floor
- Increased productivity in all areas of operations
- Return on investment. In Faurecia Písek, the payback was less than two years.
“Mobile robots help us bring more discipline to the shop floor and make our production processes more stable and reliable, especially important is stability for operating all three shifts,” Horáček added. “What we appreciate most about these robots is their autonomy, meaning they move freely on the shop floor without any specifically needed equipment."
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FORVIA Faurecia is a global leader in the automotive technology industry. With 266 industrial sites, 39 R&D centers and 114,000 employees in 35 countries, Faurecia is a top ten global automotive supplier. As one of the manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, Faurecia Clean Mobility Písek focuses on exhaust systems production for a wide range of customers, mainly Volvo, Daimler and PSA. The site in Písek has been in operation since 2006 and currently employs around 500 people.
About Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)
MiR develops and manufactures one of the industry’s most advanced range of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively automate internal logistics and optimize material handling. MiR offers one of the most advanced fleets of mobile robots used by both large enterprises and small and medium customers in a range of industries from manufacturing to logistics to healthcare. Founded in Denmark in 2013, MiR has grown to become a global leader with nearly 220 distributors and certified system integrators in 60 countries. MiR was acquired by Teradyne in 2018, and in 2022, Teradyne combined AutoGuide Mobile Robots with MiR to deliver a broad AMR product line from low to heavy payload. MiR’s headquarters is in Odense, Denmark, with regional offices in Holbrook, NY, San Diego, CA, North Reading, MA, Georgetown, KY, Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai.Read More
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