Automation is creating new opportunities more productive and safe environments. However, the objective of most manufacturers stay the same: they must keep globally competitive by responding more effectively to customer demands, saving time in all types of workflows, and reducing costs.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are already widely used in manufacturing facilities throughout industries worldwide. Here, they can help optimize material and product movement. While AMRs can improve workflows significantly, tightening margins and cost-cutting pressures are keeping manufacturers from investing in new technology. They need to see a clear and short-term ROI. According to a new report conducted by MiR, 88% of business leaders have concerns surrounding ROI speed, which was currently slowing their automation attempts down.
In order to get the organizational commitment to invest in AMRs, getting a better understanding of the business value of the mobile robots is essential for manufacturers who want to stay competitive.
Visteon in Slovakia has deployed 4 MiR200 robots to automate three different tasks within internal transportation; PCBs supply to SMT lines, collection of waste material, and transportation of finished plastic components. The robots run 24/7 five days a week.
According to Visteon, the MiR logistics solution offers three main benefits. It is flexible, as it enables Visteon to use the same type of robot in different applications in multiple shop floors with minimal modifications to the layout. Secondly, the fast implementation, which is facilitated by the easy-of-use features that allow to quickly program the robots without programming skills or knowledge. Programming tasks are done very simple as any application is programmed and fine tuned in the functional interface. Most important for Visteon however, when investing in new technology at Visteon, is the bottom line. “The basic rule of our company says that any investment into production must be with a payback in one year. The MiR robots have met this requirement. We are looking forward to a joint future with further MiR applications,” concludes Richard Čiernik, Industrial Engineering Manager at Visteon.
In the near future, Visteon Electronics Slovakia is about to extend their existing fleet of mobile robots with more devices, especially for applications of waste collection, material supply and transport of finished products. These plans are reaction on proved, successful experience with MiR robots at Visteon.