MiR Teams With CSi to Automate Material Transport in Consumer Packaged Goods Facilities

CSi is integrating Mobile Industrial Robot's new IP52-rated autonomous mobile robots for the CPG market.

Denise Innocenti, MiR

From left, Jan de Bruijn, CEO of CSi Group, and Vladimir Vovk, global accounts director for FMCG at MiR.

Mobile Industrial Robots ApS today announced a partnership with CSi palletising, a Netherlands-based integrator that provides full end-of-line palletizing systems to some of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods (CPG) and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. The first offering from this collaboration includes CSi palletising’s high-level infeed layer palletizer integrated with the new MiR1350 autonomous mobile robots to help fully automate the transport of heavy pallets of materials within CPG/FMCG facilities.

“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,” stated Jan de Bruijn, CEO of CSi Group. “Autonomous mobile robots provide these efficiencies, enabling a powerful option for fully automated workflows in palletizing. With MiR as our partner, we are bringing to market the next generation of palletizing for CPG companies worldwide.”

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) said its collaborative autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) enable companies to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively manage internal logistics and free employees for higher-value activities. The Odense, Denmark-based company said that hundreds of mid-sized through large multinational manufacturers and logistics centers, as well as several hospitals around the world, have installed its AMRs.

MiR has a distribution network in more than 60 countries, and it is owned by Teradyne, a leading supplier of automated test equipment.

CSi integrates MiR robots

CSi palletising’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 said it will now integrate MiR’s AMRs for transporting pallets to a single conveyor for storage or a position at the infeed of a pallet wrapper, working seamlessly with the customer’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and warehouse managment systems (WMS). 

The MiR1350, which can autonomously transport loads of 1,350 kg (2,976lb.), can navigates smoothly and safely among people and other transport equipment in dynamic surroundings.

Like MiR’s lower-payload AMR models, which can also work with CSi palletising’s solutions, the MIR1350 includes sensors, 3D cameras, and the latest laser scanning technology. This ensures 360-degree vision for precise and safe navigation and operations, claimed MiR.

The MiR1350 is designed to comply with the industry’s latest safety standards, including ISO 3691-4 and ANSI/RIA R15.08-1-2020. Along with the MiR600 is the market’s first Ingress Protection52-rated AMR. The robot's components are protected against dust and water drops, ensuring an high performance level and reliable function at the end of production lines and in warehouses, said MiR.

Partnership opens up AMRs for new applications

CSi palletising, which successfully demonstrated its Taros offering built on the MIR1350 at Fachpack 2021 in Germany last week, 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 Mobile Industrial Robots.

“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,” he added. “As we’ve been discovering, the options are nearly endless, and with CSi, we’re able to help these CPG/FMCG companies uncover them.”

MiR also said it will show multiple AMR solutions at the Autonomous Mobile Robots & Logistics Conference in Memphis from Oct. 12 through 14.

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Denise Innocenti, MiR

From left, Jan de Bruijn, CEO of CSi Group, and Vladimir Vovk, global accounts director for FMCG at MiR.

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