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Koch Industries collaborates with Mobile Industrial Robots to deliver autonomous mobile robots

Mobile Industrial Robots, the global market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), announced a global strategic collaboration with one of the world’s largest companies, Koch Industries. Read our press release here.

Cooperation started between MiR and Guardian Industries in 2020. Guardian Industries, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, has tested different solutions for automating inhouse transportation which aimed to optimize productivity and internal workflows. A cross functional effort led by the Manufacturing Transformation Team allowed to deploy MiR robots in two sites in the United States to serve as pilot projects. The success of these pilot projects resulted in an agreement between Koch Industries and MiR to evaluate the technology globally.

“We have entered into this strategic agreement with MiR because it has the capacity and extensive knowledge to support us in streamlining and optimizing our logistics operations,” said Antonio Blanco, Global Category Manager at Guardian Industries.  “MiR offers flexible automation solutions that can be tailored to address our current and future operational needs. We are implementing this technology at multiple facilities because we consider MiR as a long-term partner, that has the experience and capabilities to support us in achieving our productivity goals”.

Offering five different mobile robots, MiR has the widest range of AMRs in the market to take over various transportation tasks ranging from moving smaller parts to heavy duty loads up to 1000 kg. It also has capability of automatically picking up, transporting, and delivering pallets. MiR manufacturers collaborative and autonomous mobile robots that are designed to work alongside their human colleagues and relieve them of various physically strenuous work; in turn enabling them to focus on more valuable tasks.

The robots from MiR can be customized with different top modules depending on the customers’ needs. The versatility of the robots is another key reason why Guardian Industries chose to collaborate with MiR, and why other Koch companies are also evaluating possible implementations.

Guardian Industries intends to scale this technology throughout the organization. “We will implement the robots in multiple plants with different layouts and products, so it is important for us to have a logistics solution that can fit into all types of environments and easily adapt to new tasks; that is exactly what MiR offers” added Material Handling Engineering Manager Peter Westrick.

 

Autonomous mobile robots on the rise

The latest figures from MiR show how Guardian Industries and Koch Industries are not the only companies that want to optimize internal transportation flows. Mobile Industrial Robots recently reported a 55% increase in AMR sales in first quarter of 2021, which makes it the best Q1 in MiR to date.

“We are pleased to enter into this collaboration and contribute to Guardian’s productivity goals by deploying our flexible, collaborative and safe mobile robots,” said Christian Clausen, Sales Director, MiR. “In general, we see a great potential across industries for optimizing internal logistic workflows, from inbound and outbound logistics to material handling in manufacturing plants, and our industry graded robots can be deployed directly into these different workflows.”   

“The plant setups of today are agile and highly dynamic, and people, equipment, pallets, and other obstacles can appear in what used to be open passageways,” Clausen added. “Our mobile robots fit these ever-changing environments very well. With the collaborative, autonomous navigation of our robots, the automated material transportation becomes flexible and easily adaptable without additional cost or disruption to processes.”

Mobile Industrial Robots has a global distribution network in 58 countries and local offices in Odense, New York; San Diego, Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Shanghai. 

 

About Guardian Industries

Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, operates facilities throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian companies employ 15,000 people and manufacture high-performance float glass; coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications; and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit. This drives our relentless focus on improving people’s lives by providing products and services they value more highly than their alternatives and doing so responsibly while consuming fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit guardian.com.

 

About Koch Industries

Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America, with estimated annual revenues as high as $115 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control systems; electronics, software and data analytics; minerals; glass; automotive components; ranching; commodity trading; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested nearly $133 billion in growth and improvements. With a presence in more than 70 countries, Koch companies employ 122,000 people worldwide, with about 62,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,300 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. For more news and information, visit www.KOCHind.com.

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