When RARUK Automation launched its MiR100, mobile industrial robot, last year it attracted a lot of attention from manufacturers actively looking at the most cost-effective ways of automating their production. The neat device has found favour with those seeking to optimise workflow, increase productivity and reduce costs and now the company has introduced a new model to the range.
With extraordinary flexibility and smart technology, the MiR200 can be used in virtually any situation where employees are spending time pushing carts or making deliveries. It removes the tedium, allowing staff to focus on higher value activities.
MiR200 autonomously transports a payload of up to 200kg and can be customised with top modules such as bins, racks, lifts, conveyors or even a Universal Robot. It also has the option of a hook mechanism that provides a towing capacity of 500kg.
Indeed, RARUK Automation has reported that many of the MiR sales enquiries it has received to date have been for the MiR in combination with a Universal Robot; the six-axis collaborative robot arm also supplied by RARUK Automation. Top modules are easy and quick to change so the MiR200 can be redeployed for different tasks.
The MiR200 robot safely manoeuvres around people and obstacles, through doorways and in and out of lifts and complies with EN1525 safety regulations. CAD files of the factory or facility layout can be downloaded directly to the robot or it can be programmed via the simple, web-based interface that requires no previous programming experience. The robot’s route and task can then be easily changed using a smartphone, tablet or computer connected to the network and has a battery runtime of 10 hours or 20km.
A key benefit of the MiR system is that it requires no network of expensive and inflexible wires or sensors to guide its path so it is simple to integrate and provides a fast return on investment. The robot’s built-in sensors, cameras and sophisticated software identify its surroundings and takes the most efficient route to its destination.
The MiR200 robot was being demonstrated at the RARUK Automation stand at the PPMA Show last week.