Teradyne Companies Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) AutoGuide Mobile Robots has merged to become a single supplier of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), one of the fastest growing segments of automation today. At the end of September, the integrated company became officially known as Mobile Industrial Robotics (MiR), with Teradyne CEO Walter Vahey taking over as president. It will be headquartered in Odense, Denmark, where MiR has run its global operations since its launch in 2013.
MiR develops and markets secure, collaborative mobile robots that can quickly, easily and cost-effectively manage internal logistics, freeing employees to perform higher value activities. Prior to the merger, MiR offered a wide range of AMRs capable of carrying payloads and platforms up to 3,000 lb (1,350 kg). By integrating with AutoGuide, the portfolio will expand to include high-tonnage AMR winches and towings that will run on the MiRFleet software.
According to Vahey, who led Teradyne’s acquisition of MiR in 2018 and AutoGuide a year later, customers in the global inland logistics marketplace demand a full line of AMRs spanning into low, medium and high tonnage vehicles to automate material transportation throughout the value chain. “By joining forces, we will uniquely meet our customers’ needs for in-house logistics automation, from a single resource that provides easy-to-deploy, reliable and scalable AMRs with combined fleet management software,” he says.
As part of Teradyne, these two companies have already worked together to develop a way to run AMRs on the same fleet management software.
“This close collaboration accelerated the integration process,” Fahy adds. “Being a single organization helps ensure that we deliver an extensive AMR product line running on a common fleet program to our customers.”
The company maintains a huge global presence
The new combined company employs 450 employees, including 250 engineers. MiR is already well established in the AMR market with over 7,000 AMRs sold in more than 60 countries. AMR pumps can automatically and safely pick up, move and deliver pallets or other loads in highly dynamic environments, which is why they constitute a safe and efficient alternative to traditional Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), forklifts and pallet trucks.
The combined MiR company now has a global distribution network of more than 200 partners worldwide. In addition to its headquarters in Odense, Denmark, MiR has regional offices in Boston. Holbrook, New York; San Diego; Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Georgetown, Kentucky; Singapore ; Frankfurt. Barcelona. Tokyo; Seoul and Shanghai.