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TÜV Rheinland has certified 13 safety functions on Mobile Industrial Robots‘ (MiR) MiR600 and MiR1350 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in accordance with the ISO 13849-1 industry standard. With this stamp of approval from TÜV Rheinland, customers looking to use MiR’s AMRs now have assurance from a respected third-party testing and certification organization that the safety functions meet international standards.
The TÜV certification covers the following safety features for the MiR600 and MiR1350 AMRs:
- Emergency stop
- Field Switching
- Personnel detection
- Speed monitor
- Safeguard stop
- Hold to run
- Mode selection
- Pallet lift position monitoring
- System E-stop
- Shelf lift position monitoring
- Shelf detection
MiR president Jean-Pierre Hathout said the certifications are a vital step in building the MiR brand.
“These certifications are a natural part of our continuous focus on safety and quality,” Hathout said. “We see standards and certifications as important tools for ensuring reliable products, and with the validation from TÜV Rheinland, we have demonstrated that our robots meet the highest international standards for safety and quality.”
For 150 years, the TÜV system has operated as a private inspection and testing body for technical safety and quality. The TÜV certifications validate that MiR can reliably ensure the quality of the examined safety features during mass production of the MiR600 and MiR1350 AMRs, as required by the ISO 13849-1 industry standard.
“A safe working environment is a top priority for most organizations, and our AMRs are designed to operate alongside employees on the factory floor,” Hathout said. “As a result, the safety features were an obvious place to continue our certification process.”
High demands for safety and documentation are the norm among especially large global enterprises, who are primarily MiR’s customers. As the AMR market matures, Hathout predicts this demand will expand.
“Over the past 2-3 years, we have seen an increase in customers who expect relevant third-party certifications to be in place,” Hathout added. “At MiR, we are committed to going beyond the basic requirements and helping push the robotics industry to a higher standard by expanding the use of these types of certifications.”
Founded in May 2013 by Niels Jul Jacobsen, MiR recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. MiR was acquired by Teradyne for $272 million in April 2018 and currently employs more than 420 people globally. It earned $77 million in revenue in 2022.