Konica Minolta Australia has announced the availability of the MiR1350 through its partner, Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).
The MiR1350 is the first AMR with an IP52 rating because of its enhanced and protected components to withstand dust particles and fluids, and is designed based on ISO3691-4 safety standards.
Matthew Hunter, national manager, emerging technology, Konica Minolta, said, “The evolution of AMRs, including the powerful MiR1350, has an important role to play in helping drive sovereign capability for manufacturing in Australia. Many manufacturing sectors, in particular food and beverage manufacturing, rely on large numbers of employees to assist with operations. The reality is that, in the current operating environment, manufacturers are facing massive staff shortages.
“It doesn’t matter how efficient a production line is, when it relies on human interaction to put goods in and take product out, there is always risk in efficiency, productivity, and safety. AMRs are ideal for taking on tasks such as pulling pallets from the production line to the warehouse, mitigating those risks and freeing up available employees to focus on higher value tasks or tasks that robots can’t do.”
Matthew Hunter said, “There is significant, rapid return on investment to be gained by implementing AMRs into manufacturing plants, particularly for large operations with long distances to cover, multiple shifts, and 24×7 operations. AMRs can be used to not only reduce the cost of labour but also to ensure that these resources are being spent in the best way possible, all leading to a more resilient, sustainable manufacturing operation into the future. Automation is already heavily used by the manufacturing industry in the production line so taking the next step with AMRs just makes sense. Ultimately, successful onshore manufacturing will help drive the Australian economy and let manufacturers be more competitive.”