October 5, 2021

MIR Partnership400x275Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) has announced a new integration partnership with CSi palletising, a Netherlands-based company that provides end-of-line palletizing solutions for consumer packaged goods (CPG) and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. The collaboration will include CSi’s high-level infeed layer palletizer integrated with MiR’s MiR1350 autonomous mobile robot (AMR) to fully automate the transport of heavy pallets of materials within CPG/FMCG facilities.

CSi’s Taros palletizer has previously integrated with multiple conveyors for the transport of finished goods into warehouses and empty pallets towards the machine. The company will now integrate the AMRs from MiR for transporting pallets to a single conveyor for storage or a position at the infeed of a pallet wrapper, with the full solution working seamlessly with the customer's automation systems (either ERP or WMS).

“Inflexible infrastructures, often including conveyors that are difficult to relocate when facility needs change, are truly a thing of the past, and for this reason we had been seeking a more autonomous and flexible way of moving finished goods,” said Jan de Brujin, CEO of CSi Group. “Autonomous mobile robots provide these efficiencies, enabling a powerful option for fully automated workflow in palletizing. With MiR as our partner, we are bringing to market the next generation of palletizing for CPG companies worldwide.”

The MiR1350 can autonomously transport loads up to 1,350 kg (2,976 pounds) and navigate smoothly and safely around people and other transport equipment in dynamic surroundings. Like the company’s lower-payload AMRs, which can also work with CSi palletising’s solutions, the MiR1350 includes sensors, 3D cameras and the latest laser scanning technology to ensure 360-degree vision for precise and safe navigation. The MiR1350 is designed to comply with safety standards, including ISO 3691-4 and ANSI/RIA 15.08-1-2020. 

CSi palletising, which demonstrated its Taros solution built on the MiR1350 at Fachpack 2021 in Germany, said it has various levels of automation already deployed within its customers’ workflows.

“CSi palletising already owns systems that connect directly into their customer’s manufacturing processes, so integrating our AMRs into the workflow is basically seamless because one of their systems is already part of the workflow,” said Vladimir Vovk, global accounts director for FMCG at MiR. “As companies learn the benefits mobile robots can bring to their organizations, such as flexibility, increased safety and increased productivity, they start to find other applications that would benefit. As we’ve been discovering, the options are nearly endless, and with CSi, we’re able to help these CPG/FMCG companies uncover them.

More details on CSi palletising can be found at its website. For information regarding Mobile Industrial Robots, visit its website here.