Petri Petäys, Director, Direct & Area Partner Sales and Niels Hanssen, Sales Director IKA (International Key Accounts)
Materials handling is one of the most critical and controlled processes that determine productivity. In the current manufacturing world, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are being highly adopted owing to several benefits, such as reduced labour costs, reduced product damage, increased productivity, and scale to support automation processes. AGVs have undergone considerable enhancements, and today, they are in high demand across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, supply chain, food, paper, and manufacturing.
Addressing the increasing demand for automation in material handling across industries is Finland-based Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy (MLE), a primary developer and manufacturer of Rocla branded AGVs, electric warehouse trucks, and forklifts. The company has been in thematerial transport industry since 1942 and providing AGV solutions for over 37 years. On April 1st, the company name was changed from RoclaOy to Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy, to emphasise the strong company Network of the Mitsubishi Logisnext Group a world-leading provider of logistics and materials handling solutions.
Rocla AGV focuses on five segments: inbound and outbound logistics, durable goods manufacturing, paper and packaging, tire and the food & beverage industries. “Based on our experience and production capabilities, we quickly provide automated intralogistics solutions to market demands,” explains Petri Petay’s, Director, Direct & Area Partner Sales.
MLE’s AGV Systems are durable, flexible, and modular, which means shorter delivery time, easier implementation, and lower total cost of ownership to customers. MLE’s AGVs improve the performance of production and warehousing. This results in impressive cost savings and allows personnel to avoid monotonous routine tasks while at the same time increasing the safety of work premises. In an increasingly optimized manufacturing or warehousing environment, every part of the workflow needs to be synchronized. In order to provide an efficient solution it is essential to understand the customer’s processes and the entire material flows. Furthermore, the existing machinery throughputs and capacities as well as client’s future plans are to be considered to deliver a perfectly functional solution that is scalable and sustainable.
Based on our experience and production capabilities, we quickly provide automated intralogistics solutions to market demands
Moreover, since customers rely on multiple vendors for their intralogistics systems, the demand for a unified interface is high. “Our latest developments aim to simplify and optimize these interfaces to enable different material transport solutions to work together in the same environment,” says Niels Hanssen, Sales Director IKA (International Key Accounts).
MLE has delivered over 7000 AGVs in more than 1000 installations worldwide. One of MLE’s clients, Smurfit Kappa Parenco, a paper producer based in the Netherlands, needed to automate its warehouse to increase logistical efficiency. A solution was required for the transportation of paper rolls from the mill’s two paper machines into the warehouse and from the warehouse to the truck loading area. The client required a streamlined process to guarantee that the paper machines were running 24/7. MLE provided a fleet of 16 AGVs with an automated battery exchange system. Coupled with MLE’s Warehouse Management System, the driverless fleet of AGVs picks up the paper rolls coming out of production and stacks them in assigned spaces in the warehouse. Then, as the orders come up, the rolls are automatically transported to the dispatch area for truck loading.
The long years of experience and continuous development of their product portfolio ensures MLE a successful future on the continuously growing AGV market. With their latest product launch of the AGV FleetController MLE keeps up with the challenge. The FleetController is a single platform that connects all components needed for efficient AGV operations. It easily integrates with any Host System (ERP, MES or WMS) and manages intralogistics transports. The platform has AGV routing and order optimization as standard features for dynamic and efficient traffic management and order handling, which allows clients to increase material throughput and utilize big AGV fleets more efficiently, even in limited operational space. The Fleet Controller also comes with an energy management system that ensures the optimal use of batteries and increases their lifetime. The platform’s interface utilizes an industrial standard communication protocol (REST API) for easy and cost-efficient integration to existing infrastructures. The continuous R&D of MLE is dedicated to provide the client with best practice solutions in consideration of user experience and feedback provide through a close cooperation with the customer throughout the entire lifecycle of their systems.