April 29, 2021

MiR Florisa400x275Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), has announced a 55% increase in sales during Q1 2021, compared to the same period last year. The company said a large number of its Q1 sales are for the MiR250, the company’s latest and most compact AMR, with several orders from multinational organizations looking to invest in large fleets of robots as they automate material handling and internal logistics.

“Automation and digitalization are critical measures to strengthen manufacturing businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Søren E. Nielsen, president of MiR. “Consequently, many companies that successfully tested AMR solutions are returning for more and planning full-scale deployments of up to 50 robots to improve internal logistics and efficiency and enable their workers to focus on higher-value tasks.”

MiR said automotive and electronic companies continue to automate internal transport with AMRs, but they also saw sales in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector, the pharmaceutical industry, and logistics. The company said the global pandemic has propelled the development and growth of cleaning modules for MiR robots as they are deployed to disinfect offices, hospitals, and other public places to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, groups such as KEN Hygiene Systems are using MiR robots to automate the filling and emptying of washer disinfectors in sterile centers in hospitals.

In another case, textile manufacturer Florisa in Brazil has optimized its entire internal transport of rolls of textile that weigh many tons. A fleet of MiR1000 robots now supplies the correct materials for processing at the correct location, solving many challenges for the factory.

SørenNielsen MiR“Robustness, agility, and safety features make the MiR250 exactly what dynamic production and logistics environments need as companies strive to succeed in a competitive business landscape,” said Nielsen (photo, right). “To ensure our customers can capitalize on all of the benefits of AMRs, we’ve further developed the MiRFleet software that manages our robots and integrates them into our customers’ other systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and warehouse management systems. This effort lets our customers more easily scale up their fleets of MiR robots locally and across multiple locations.”

To meet its growth and development projections, MiR said it has hired 26 new employees in the first quarter, a 10% increase in staff, with 21 positions open worldwide. “2020 was a challenging year for everyone, and after several prior years of high growth in personnel, last year was quieter,” he said. “In line with a return to high growth, we are launching new initiatives that require new employees. It’s an exciting time to be at MiR and within the automation sector overall.”

The company, headquartered in Odense, Denmark, is owned by Teradyne, which acquired MiR in 2018. More details on the company are available at its website.