MHS Robotics Spins Out From R&D Unit to Provide Supply Chain Technologies

MHS Robotics will expand portfolio for e-commerce and parcel logistics facilities.

MHS Global

MHS provides dual robot each picking from totes (shown), multi-pick end effectors, and robotic singulation and induction.

Material Handling Systems Inc., which provides automation and software for materials handling, this week said it has spun out from its research and development organization a dedicated robotics division. MHS Robotics is developing advanced technologies in-house and nurturing external relationships to deliver market-ready systems for e-commerce and parcel logistics facilities, said the company.

“We’re a team of problem solvers, inventors, and innovators with the expertise to engineer automated solutions for real-world logistics challenges by working closely and cooperatively with our customers,” stated Dean Terrell, senior vice president of R&D at MHS. “This agile approach accelerates the pace of development and gets us quickly from the lab into a live operational environment, where the real development continues.”

“We leverage MHS’s collective material handling knowledge as an experienced full-service provider, so our customers can be confident that our robotics solutions will integrate seamlessly, just like our more traditional automated systems,” he said.

MHS Global provides custom design, engineering, manufacturing, and integration services, as well as controls and automated sorters, conveyors, and extendable loading and unloading systems. The Mt. Washington, Ky.-based company also provides support, including predictive analytics and local technicians.

MHS has a global installed base of over $5 billion for projects of all sizes in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, parcel, third-party logistics (3PL), and outside integrators.

MHS Robotics offers a range of automation

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MHS Robotics develops its own advanced technologies such as computer vision, machine learning, simulations, 3D cameras, and end-of-arm tooling. It also engages with a range of robotics suppliers and the Louisville Automation and Robotics Institute to rapidly engineer and deploy its turnkey robotic solutions.

The company currently offers several pick-and-place robotic products, each designed to fit seamlessly into existing distribution center workflows, such as order fulfillment.

MHS Robotics also offers autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with modifications like detachable carts, robotic arms, and conveyor supplements to handle specific requirements like large and irregularly shaped items.

MHS Lifecycle Performance Services is equipped to support solutions from MHS Robotics through a consultative lifecycle planning approach that helps customers get the most out of mission-critical automated systems, said the company.

MHS Robotics said it is growing and is actively recruiting for new engineering and project management roles.


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MHS Global

MHS provides dual robot each picking from totes (shown), multi-pick end effectors, and robotic singulation and induction.


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