A greater level of automation is coming to Australia
Konica Minolta, a global provider of integrated business solutions, has partnered with Mobile Industrial Roots (MiR), a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots, to bring a greater level of automation to its clients in Australia.
MiR develops and markets one of the most advanced lines of collaborative and safe autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that quickly, easily and cost-effectively manage internal logistics, freeing employees for higher-value activities. Hundreds of mid-sized through to large multinational manufacturers, along with several hospitals and nurseries around the world, have already installed MiR’s innovative robots.
MiR’s robots help companies increase the efficiency of their operations. These robots are used by companies to transport trolleys and foods in the manufacturing sector and move pallets in the distribution industry. Built-in sensors and cameras combine with market-leading technology so the mobile robot can collaborate safely with humans. No cages or designated human or robot areas are required.
Martin Keetels, national manager of Robotics and Innovation, Konica Minolta, says, “Innovation and automation have a significant role to play in manufacturing and distribution environments in Australia. Konica Minolta is excited to bring another level of automation to its customers.
“With Australian businesses requiring greater efficiency to remain competitive in the region, and globally clients beginning to demand robotic technology, robotics will be a growth and productivity engine of Australia’s future economy. With more than 150 service engineers in-house and the equivalent number in the channel that can potentially service robots, Konica Minolta is in a unique position to prepare our clients for the workplace of the future.”
The partnership was made official on Keetels’ recent visit to MiR’s headquarters in Odense, Denmark. MiR CEO Thomas Visti hosted Keetels throughout a two-day visit to the innovative facility.
Keetels says, “I was incredibly impressed by the calibre of MiR’s management team and the market-leading robots. It’s a great combination to find in a partner and we are excited by what the future holds.
“Konica Minolta is committed to continued investment in this space through partnerships and by developing internal resources to deliver the best outcomes for its customers. Konica Minolta’s role is to work with robotics companies to support their growth by harnessing its capabilities of distribution, services and maintenance while our partners continue designing, manufacturing and supplying the robots.
“Konica Minolta’s robotics capability is just beginning with MiR, with many opportunities to extend across different industries and applications in the future.”
Image L-R: Martin Keetels and Thomas Visti. Image courtesy of Konica Minolta.