Kinrise Snackfoods improves efficiency with AMRs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

Monday, 20 May, 2024

Kinrise Snackfoods improves efficiency with AMRs

Konica Minolta Australia has announced that Kinrise Snackfoods, an Australian food manufacturer, has deployed four AMRs from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) purchased from its Australia and New Zealand distributor, Konica Minolta Australia, to automate operations across one of its manufacturing facilities.

The four AMRs deployed by Konica Minolta Australia across the Kinrise Snackfoods manufacturing facility automate the pallet handling process while simultaneously minimising manual intervention and increasing operational efficiency and safety. Using AMRs creates a seamless, end-to-end process as they are designed to autonomously transport full pallets from the palletising robot cells to the hood wrapper, and then manage the distribution of empty pallets from an auto de-stacker back into the palletising cells.

Apart from AMRs, the Konica Minolta solution includes MiRcharge, an autonomous charging station, and MiR Fleet, a fleet management software that manages job distribution, traffic management and auto charging among the AMRs.

With the use of sConnect, Kinrise Snackfoods’ team can access the AMRs’ data and performance metrics, including utilisation rates, charging performance, location heat maps and a performance report for operational oversight.

The AMRs operate 24 hours a day, six days a week, handling hundreds of pallets daily and have covered tens of thousands of kilometres within the facility.

“The implementation of MiR robots at Kinrise Snackfoods’ facility has given us greater productivity, greater operational efficiency and improved our safety overall on our site. It has really been a valuable investment for Kinrise Snackfoods,” said Kathy Gavrilidis, Head of Operations, Kinrise Snackfoods.

“Konica Minolta Australia’s partnership with Kinrise Snackfoods demonstrates the value of automation in achieving manufacturing efficiency,” said Manglesh Jain, Robotics Business Manager, Konica Minolta Australia. “The integration of AMRs with existing systems, such as palletising robot cells and hood wrapper, gives Kinrise Snackfoods a comprehensive solution that streamlines its intralogistics operations while prioritising safety and operational efficiency.”

Kathy Gavrilidis added: “The solution’s intuitive interface and ease of use lets Kinrise Snackfoods manage these AMRs with existing staff. Working with Konica Minolta Australia for this project has transformed our manufacturing processes, streamlining operations while improving our working environment.”

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