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Conveyor Solution for Large Robots

Two new robotic innovations now work in tandem to fully automate transport and delivery of up to 1,000 kilo (1 ton) payloads. By adding conveyors on top of autonomous mobile robots, ROEQ completes the automation of internal logistics, eliminating the manual loading and unloading of the robots at departure and delivery stations

The new TR1000 Top Roller automates load and unload operations of the MiR1000, the largest and most powerful autonomous mobile robot from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).

"A mobile robot without a conveyor or top module is like a robot arm without a gripper," said Peder Grejsen, Technical Sales Manager for ROEQ. "Production throughput can be greatly improved when mobile robots are outfitted with intelligent top modules that self-load and unload."

The TR1000 accommodates U.S. pallets and can be delivered with a fully automated lifter functionality for pick-up and delivery of goods in heights ranging from 23.6" (600 mm) to 29.5" (750 mm). The Top Roller integrates seamlessly in MiR's user interface where all control functions are embedded. When the robot is called to deliver or pick up goods, the conveyor communicates with the pick-up and delivery stations and will automatically activate the loading or unloading upon arrival.

"The ability to handle 1,000 kilo payload on mobile conveyors opens new doors in material handling industries and distribution centers. We can now focus on customers who handle large bulk material and need transport between warehouse and manufacturing floors," said Mark Howe, Sales Manager for Knotts Company, ROEQ's rep in the mid-Atlantic region.

"The TR1000 eliminates the need for dedicated pallet stands. For customers with space restraints, this can make a big difference," said Cale Harbour, Vice President of Product Marketing at Advanced Control Solutions, ROEQ's rep in the Southeast. "In our region, we see this product as a perfect fit for automotive manufacturing industries, where many internal logistics tasks can now be automated."

ROEQ also recently launched the TR125 Top Roller that is designed for the MiR200 robot. The TR125 is suitable for carrying products packed in cardboard boxes, plastics containers, etc. ROEQ has also launched other add-ons for MiR, including docking stations, lifts and the flexible ROEQ C300 cart. With the ROEQ C300 Cart solution, a robot can collect and deliver loaded carts to a designated docking station, and leave them there to be emptied or prepared for the next mission. This solution means the MiR robot is only stationary for a short amount of time, streamlining the workflow between different divisions of the facility.

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