Honeywell is a producer of gas detection products for commercial and domestic use. Honeywell focus predominantly on remaining competitive by using automation and robotics within their workplace, but they were struggling to automate the raw material handling that was still being pushed around on a trolly throughout their 91,000 square metre plant. This task was proven difficult to automate due to their facility layout being spread across multiple floors, having narrow corridors and double fire doors.
Mobile Industrial Robots was the only transport robot available that was successfully able to overcome all of the requirements that were set by Honeywell. Therefore, three MiR100 robots were introduced into their facility to reduce the amount of time that employees spent pushing carts, allowing them to be used for higher value tasks. “By bringing the MiR robots on site, we are freeing up six full time staff members to produce more and make the line more efficient.”
The three MiR’s at Honeywell use the MiRFleet software, which managers the robots to ensure safe efficient operations. The MiRFleet software makes sure that only one MiR is at a place at a certain time, for example in a tight corridor, it also handles elements such as when the MiR’s battery is low the robot will automatically go to charge, until called upon.
Honeywell often looks for a return on investment of two years, as a result of the productivity increase, Honeywell expects to easily achieve this deadline. As a result Honeywell “are going to invest more money in the MiR system so we can free up more staff and be more flexible as a company”