- April 08, 2019
April 8, 2019 – Mobile Industrial Robots launched the MiR1000, an autonomous mobile robot (AMR). As demonstrated this week at the Automate 2019 Show and Conference, the MiR1000 can automatically pick up, transport and deliver pallets and other heavy loads up to 1000 kg (2200 lbs) through dynamic environments. Like the MiR500, introduced in 2018, the MiR1000 is designed as a collaborative, safe and flexible alternative to fork lifts on the factory floor. MiR is also releasing artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities across all of its AMRs for navigation.
The MiR1000 joins the manufacturer’s family of AMRs for heavy and light transport that work to optimize logistics throughout the entire production chain, from the warehouse to the delivery of goods. The MiR100, MiR200 and MiR500 are already installed in more than 45 countries at companies such as Airbus, Flex, Honeywell, Toyota, Visteon, and Hitachi.
With artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities incorporated into the software and strategically placed cameras that function as an extended set of robot sensors, MiR has enabled its robots for optimized route-planning and driving behaviour. The cameras, called MiR AI Camera, enable the robots to detect and recognize different moving obstacles and react accordingly. For example, the robots will continue driving as usual if they detect a person but will park if they detect an AGV so the AGV can drive by. The robot can also predict blocked areas or highly trafficked areas in advance and reroute instead of entering the blocked area and then re-routing.
The MiR1000 has two flexible pallet lifts for the two most commonly used types of pallets: the EU pallet and the 40” x 48” pallet. Like MiR’s other AMRs, the MiR1000 can be programmed via the user interface, or through the MiRFleet robot fleet management system, to automate new tasks for a company’s entire fleet of robots. The AMRs can also integrate different top modules such as pallet lifts, conveyors, a robot arm or other options to support a wide range of applications.