Plastic pallet maker Cabka North America Inc. of Holbrook, N.J., has added a MiR5000 autonomous mobile robot from Mobile Industrial Robots.
Mobile Industrial Robots introduced the device to the U.S. market at the IMTS show in September.
“We have big plans with this MiR500, from stacking our pallets coming out of our production lines on the MiR500 to preparing outbound deliveries at night when there is no activity in the warehouse,” said Patrick Garin, CEO of Cabka North America.
The robot has two flexible lifts for the two most commonly used types of pallets: the EU pallet, and the 40-inch-by-48- inch pallet. The MiR500 has a lifting capacity of 1,102 pounds. It can automatically collect, transport and deliver pallets.
Teradyne Inc. of North Reading, Mass., recently acquired Mobile Industrial Robots of Odense, Denmark. Three years ago, Teradyne also purchased another Danish automation company, collaborative robot maker Universal Robots.
Mobile Industrial Robots reports that 40 percent of its robots have been purchased by U.S. manufacturers. Vice President Ed Mullen said orders quickly followed a showing at IMTS. He said the Mir500 offers a “tremendous value” over traditional forklifts when transporting heavy items and pallets.