MiR Gets TÜV’s Nod for the Safety of Mobile Robots

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) received international approval for the safety and reliability of their autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Specifically, TÜV Rheinland has certified 13 different safety functions on MiR’s MiR600 and MiR1350 AMRs. This is in accordance with ISO 13849-1 industry standard. Therefore, with this stamp of approval from the respected third-party testing and certification organization, customers looking to use MiR’s AMRs now have an independent assurance that the safety functions are implemented and meet international standards.

Accordingly, MiR President Jean-Pierre Hathout, ensured, “The certifications are a vital step in MiR’s efforts to build even greater trust in AMRs, the MiR brand, and individual product lines.”

“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. Further, with the validation from TÜV Rheinland, we have demonstrated that our robots meet the highest international standards for safety and quality.”

Documented Safety Features

For 150 years, the TÜV system has operated as a privately operated inspection and testing body for technical safety and quality. Specifically, the standards body is a technical partner of businesses, government agencies and organizations. Currently, TÜV Rheinland provides quality and safety control in nearly every sphere of economic and personal activity.

Mainly, 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  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.”

Increased Customer Demand for Certifications

Moreover, high demands for safety and documentation are the norm among especially large global enterprises. Mainly, they are MiR customers. Additionally, as the AMR market matures, Hathout predicts this demand will expand.

“Over the past 2 to 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. Also, we will help push the robotics industry to a higher standard by expanding the use of these types of certifications.”

Fact Box – Certified Safety Features

Specifically, the TÜV certification covers the following safety features for the MiR600 and MiR1350 platforms. They include Emergency stop; Overspeed; Field Switching; Personnel detection; Speed monitor; Safeguard stop; Locomotion; Hold to run; Mode selection; Pallet lift position monitoring; System E-stop; Shelf lift position monitoring; and Shelf detection.