The global 3PL, FM Logistic, speeds up warehouse processes for IKEA with AMRs
01 In Short:
As part of a joint investment with its client, IKEA, FM Logistics has just implemented an autonomous MiR500 robot, which will improve logistics processes in the warehouse in Jarosty, Poland. The reason for this is the need for innovative and flexible technology that can be freely configured and used in everyday warehouse operations.
02 Benefits of the AMR solution
Cost efficient alternative to AGVs
The MiR500 robot will cooperate with warehouse employees in transport of pallets and other loads up to 500 kg. The main concept is to relieve employees of unproductive activities, improve work safety and optimize warehouse costs.
Alexander Damie, Innovation and Process Manager, FM Logistic Central Europe, explains: In order to build a competitive advantage of the company and our clients, we invest in innovative solutions that are flexible, easy to use and therefore cost effective. Mobile Industrial Robots’ technology is much cheaper in use than the competing concept of AGV trucks. In this particular case, it is a solution more than two times cheaper than an AGV”.
Optimized processes and improved safety
The machine will work independently at the IKEA Distribution Centre in Jarosty. Currently, warehouse employees and persons who will supervise the robot receive training, and within a few weeks the MiR500 will work fully independently 24/7.
Edyta Śmiechowicz, Platform Director in Jarosty, FM Logistic CE, says: This implementation tasks for our client requires transport of significant amounts of empty wooden pallet columns due to their use in storage in automatic warehouses. It is an ideal process for automation. The ongoing implementation in the distribution comprises of integrating an autonomous robot that transports empty pallets into the stream of internal flows of goods. During the tests, the robot travelled over 60 km, successfully completed 180 missions and transported over 1.500 empty pallets. Thanks to this, it was possible to optimize the movements while maintaining the full safety of employees and guarantee the profitability of this investment.
Video — MiR robot, IKEA
03 Future automation projects at IKEA
The implementation of the MiR robot at the IKEA Distribution Centre in Jarosty is another step in optimizing processes, as well as implementing innovative solutions to our warehouse operations - says Sebastian Kaczmarski, Central Fulfilment Operations Manager PL at IKEA and adds - It is an example of using the synergy between our companies and joint learning to improve and adapt warehouse processes to the new reality – a hybrid between manual and automatic processes.
This is another implementation of this type of robot at FM Logistic, carried out with ASTOR and ABZ Automatyka. Last year, a slightly smaller model – MiR200 – started working on the logistics platform in Mszczonów, where it supports co-packing operations. It transports production waste, such as foil and cardboard, to the sorting plant. One such vehicle covers an average distance of about 18.5 km per day. This distance previously had to be covered by employees.
FM Logistic is considering further implementations of autonomous robots in other units.