The development theme of China’s consumer goods market in 2023 is undoubtedly “expanding domestic demand”. With the promotion of policies and a huge market base of 1.4 billion people, local consumer goods companies are poised to restart and grow well. In the context of “new retail”, the FMCG industry is facing higher production requirements. From smart manufacturing to smart logistics, companies are taking advantage of automation technology to meet huge business opportunities.
global mobilerobotMarket Leader – Mobile Industrial Robots(hereinafter referred to as: MiR) today released the e-book “How Efficient Internal Logistics Can Help Consumer Packaged Goods and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies Improve Competitiveness” (click the link to download the report), focusing on the logistics pain points of the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries, Sharing Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR – Autonomous Mobile robot) How this flexible, efficient, and safe automation method can help FMCG and CPG fields optimize material handling processes, and quickly meet the ever-changing needs of consumers and their extreme preference for speed.
Three factors drive the automation transformation of the retail FMCG industry
2022 McKinsey GlobalIndustrial robotinvestigation”[ McKinsey《全球工业机器人调查》]The research shows that the retail and consumer goods industries will spend the most on automation over the next five years, with 23 percent of respondents in this sector saying they plan to spend more than $500 million. There are three driving factors behind the huge investment in automation upgrades in the retail FMCG industry. The first is the manpower shortage faced by the industry and the pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency; secondly, as consumables, fast-moving consumer goods have high consumption frequency and short turnover cycle, which naturally means high requirements for speed; in addition, the e-commerce era The demands of consumers are increasingly refined and diversified, which puts forward further requirements for the agility and delivery cycle of production.
The safe, intelligent, and flexible AMR full link empowers the three major operating processes of the FMCG industry
In response to the above challenges, the FMCG industry hopes to use robots to assist manual tasks such as material handling, packaging, and quality inspection. However, traditional AGV automatic guided vehicles need to lay wires or magnetic strips as “tracks”, which are limited to fixed routes. Expansion of the working area is expensive and time-consuming, which brings high deployment costs, prompting many fast-moving consumer goods companies Turn your attention to the more intelligent and flexible AMR autonomous mobile robot, and use the AMR full link to empower the three major operation processes.
·Workflow 1: Transport the incoming components to the production line. The FMCG industry has long used manual forklifts to transport materials. However, forklifts are heavy and are controlled by manual instantaneous decision-making. Once an accident occurs, it is likely to cause serious injury to the staff. AMR is a safer alternative, equipped with an integrated pallet lift or a specially designed cart solution, which can automatically transport pallets or small batch components to the production line, and can also autonomously and safely avoid obstacles in densely populated areas and dynamic environments . MiR AMR has an independent safety system and control system. According to EN 1525, the most applicable safety standard for AMR, the safety function of MiR AMR reaches the PLd level specified in EN ISO 13849 performance level, which means that the probability of dangerous failure of the system is equivalent to 20 Less than once a year.
·Operation process 2: Improve the efficiency of production links such as packaging and quality inspection. Packaging is an important link in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, and its operating efficiency is highly concerned by enterprises. Take Infinitus, a leading manufacturer of Chinese herbal supplements, as an example. Infinitus originally planned to install AGVs to improve productivity, but later abandoned this plan and switched to AMRs because it took too long to lay guide rails. Infinitus deployed three MiR200 autonomous mobile robots on the packaging production line to handle more than ten kinds of materials involved in the packaging process. The entire process does not require any modification of the original factory layout, and the productivity is quickly increased to 3.5 times the previous . In addition, due to the special nature of food processing and other fields, the food industry has very high requirements for quality inspection and traceability.By connecting the AMR with the topcollaborative robotUsed together, samples can be directly extracted from the real-time production line and sent to the warehouse or laboratory for analysis, effectively improving the processing efficiency of quality samples.
【MiR 200 robot put into Infinitus packaging production line】
·Operation process 3: assisting the “last mile” of palletizing at the end of the production line. The flexibility of AMRs allows them to be easily integrated into palletizing systems. Many palletizing and material handling companies see AMRs as a “disruptor” of their business, using AMRs to gradually replace conveyor belts for pallet transport. MiR not only helps customers integrate AMR into existing palletizers, but also cooperates with palletizing system manufacturers to provide one-stop solutions. For example, MiR and the Dutch CSi Palletising palletizing company have cooperated to integrate CSi’s palletizer with the MiR1350 autonomous mobile robot to help the fast-moving consumer industry realize the complete automation of heavy pallet material transportation.The solution transports the pallets to the conveyor belt or the infeed of the pallet packaging machine and can be seamlessly connected with the customer’s ERP/WMS system
[CSi Palletising’s palletizer integrated with MiR1350 autonomous mobile robot]
Throughout the process, MiR’s AMR can always plan and adjust routes independently in real time, and flexibly respond to site changes and task changes; in terms of operation, MiR AMR can be operated through web page control and smart devices, and the graphical programming interface is very intuitive. You can get started directly without programming experience; in terms of collaboration, as AMRs are increasingly deployed on a large scale, MiR Fleet, a fleet management software independently developed by MiR, can manage up to 100 AMRs at the same time for 7×24 multi-site delivery . In addition, through the MiRGo platform, enterprises can also obtain dozens of out-of-the-box solutions and hundreds of applications such as frames/shelves, traction devices, and jacking devices that MiR partners continue to develop, and quickly realize the extension of AMR functions .
In recent years, MiR has developed rapidly in the Chinese market, and its AMR products have been widely used in fast-moving consumer goods, food and beverage, electronics, automobiles,the medicalhealth and many other fields. In the future, MiR will launch industry e-books for various fields, and share MiR’s insights according to the specific scenarios and pain points of each industry.
About Mobile Industrial Robots
Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) develops and manufactures industry-leading Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR). AMR technology automates intralogistics and optimizes material handling quickly, easily and cost-effectively. At present, many customers from the manufacturing industry, logistics industry and medical and health fields around the world have introduced MiR’s industry-leading AMR products. The scale of these enterprises and institutions covers large groups and small and medium-sized institutions. Founded in Denmark in 2013, MiR has grown to become a global market leader in mobile robotics with nearly 220 distributors and certified system integrators in 60 countries. In 2018, MiR was acquired by Teradyne, a world-renowned automatic test equipment supplier, and merged with Teradyne’s AutoGuide Mobile Robots in 2022. After the merger, MiR’s products can widely cover the needs of various loads . MiR is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, with regional offices in Holbrook, NY; San Diego, CA; North Reading, MA; Georgetown, KY; Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai.