Surprisingly fast commissioning
In the KEN HYGIENE SYSTEMS sales department, Brian Mølmer Pedersen, Director of Sales, has no doubt that AL10 has hit the bullseye, facing the challenges that meet hospitals all over the world. Just a year after the solution was launched, six hospitals in Europe had already adopted it, and the company is receiving a constant stream of enquiries from sterile centres in Asia, Europe, and North America.
“It’s extremely competitive because it’s a stand-alone product that customers can install remarkably quickly and easily. In fact, we ourselves were almost surprised at how easy it is to commission and start using the robot system. It takes less than a week to automate the transportation process in a sterile centre. We’ve just seen this in practice at a hospital in Hamburg, Germany, where the robots arrived on the Monday. We installed them, taught the day and night shifts how to use them, and the system was up and running smoothly on the Friday,” says John Tvingsholm, Development Engineer, of the project.
The KEN AL10 concept is set to be an authentic game-changer on the market, so the company has made sure to patent the technology.
“When we presented the concept for the first time as a prototype at the Medica expo in Düsseldorf in 2015 – the biggest hospital expo for medico-technical equipment in the world – we knew we had a winner. Never had we had so many customers and competitors visit our stand,” recalls Brian Mølmer Pedersen, Director of Sales.
In the medical sector and in laboratories, the staff often expend a lot of time and energy changing clothes when they have to switch between clean and sterile rooms. This is another area where the KEN AL10 robot solution helps optimize the process because robots do not need to change clothes, which makes it possible to establish uniform logistics.
The next step from the perspective of product development may be that KEN – in partnership with other parties – can also offer hospitals an automated system for collecting the unclean equipment from the wards. Similarly, it should be possible to create systems in which KEN’s larger machines and autoclaves work in conjunction with the MiR robots.
KEN HYGIENE SYSTEMS take their own robot medicine
KEN has also applied automation to the internal logistics of their own production facilities. Here, a MiR100 robot pushes carts of finished units from the welding department to the assembly department warehouse, and then returns with the empty cart.
“It was a good move for us to take our own ‘medicine’ and start automating our own logistics processes because it provides us with a better understanding of the logic in the technology.
MiR’s robots are ideal for use in the ever-changing environment of our production department because the robots are much more autonomous than competing solutions. They move securely and flexibly around our facilities. Space is limited in the busy and dynamic setting, where a total of 200 people work in different buildings. We are planning to bring in more carts and more MiR robots to optimize even further,” concludes Peter Eskelund Madsen, COO, Supply Chain Director at KEN Hygiene Systems.