Since July 2015, S&P Computersysteme GmbH is a sales partner for the Danish company Mobile Industrial Robots, offering the MiR100 driverless transport system. That makes S&P Computersysteme GmbH the first software company to sell the mobile robots.
"Our SuPCIS-L8 warehouse management software is our core product. But we have also always offered our customers the installation of turnkey systems – including all the data processing components they need, such as MDE terminals, printers, scanners, and so on. In the era of Industry 4.0, standardised driverless transport systems like the MiR100 have become an important part of modern warehouse management, and can make significant contributions to saving time and resources when used with an efficient warehouse management system. We see the integration of mobile robots as an interface between the WMS and stationary storage technology in our platform as the logical next step in continuing to offer our customers the latest systems for optimally networked intralogistics even in the future," says Horst Reichert, Managing Director at S&P Computersysteme GmbH.
Controlled by the SuPCIS-L8 warehouse management system, the MiR100 handles transport orders within the warehouse autonomously. The mobile robot is connected by WLAN and the ergonomic SuPCIS-L8 user interface can be used to control it not only from stationary workstations but also from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
The MiR100 scans its surroundings and stores them in a map. Larger environments can also be imported and configured using CAD files. It can then move entirely autonomously and safely. Built-in scanners, 3D cameras and ultrasound ensure that the robot automatically stops if it should encounter people or other obstacles. The driverless transport system can be equipped with different modular solutions depending on the type of goods or materials that must be transported. With a traction load capacity of 300 kg and a carrying capacity of 100 kg, it is suitable for a wide variety of transport tasks.
In many projects, the S&P warehouse management system controls even large groups of pickers or forklift fleets, as well as autonomous transport systems. However, until now the last category has consisted of custom solutions, so has been comparatively cost-intensive. What S&P can now offer is integration as a more or less "out of the box" solution. Since the mobile robot is connected to SuPCIS-L8 through a standard interface and both the vehicles as well as the transport points can be configured in SuPCIS-L8 by the operator, it can usually be ready to operate in just a day. As a result, the investment can often amortise within a year.