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MHS launches robotics division

Group will develop technologies in-house and work with external collaborators


July 14, 2021
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MHS is launching a dedicated robotics division spun off from its research and development organization.

Known as MHS Robotics, the group will develop technologies in-house and work with external collaborators to deliver  robotics solutions for e-commerce and parcel logistics facilities.

“We’re a team of problem solvers, inventors and innovators with the expertise to engineer automated solutions for real-world logistics challenges by working closely and cooperatively with our customers. This agile approach accelerates the pace of development and gets us quickly from the lab into a live operational environment, where the real development continues,” says Dean Terrell, senior vice-president, research and development, MHS.

“We leverage MHS’s collective material handling knowledge as an experienced full-service provider, so our customers can be confident that our robotics solutions will integrate seamlessly, just like our more traditional automated systems.”

MHS Robotics develops its own advanced technologies such as computer vision, machine learning, simulations, 3D cameras and end-of-arm tooling, and also engages with a range of robotics suppliers and the Louisville Automation and Robotics Institute to rapidly engineer and deploy its turnkey robotic solutions.

Acquisitions

MHS has expanded through numerous acquisitions in recent years. In 2018, they purchased A2i Systems (A2i), a material handling equipment, engineering and services integrator for the warehouse and distribution market in North America, and VanRiet Material Handling Systems (VanRiet), a global provider of integration systems, equipment, and after-market services for the European and North American markets.

In 2020 it acquired eMotion Controls Co., a controls system integration and software company. The two companies have often partnered on projects over the past 15 years. eMotion is now part of MHS’s Lifecycle Performance Services (LPS).

In January 2021 MHS bought some of TGW Systems, Inc.’s U.S. conveyor business unit. TGW U.S. Conveyors supplied multiple markets, including e-commerce, life sciences, food and beverage, and parcel freight and logistics. It was integrated  to operate under MHS Distribution + Fulfillment/MHS Conveyor as a division of MHS,

The company currently offers several pick-and-place robotic products, each designed to fit seamlessly into existing workflows, including order fulfillment, in distribution centres. MHS Robotics also offers autonomous mobile robot solutions with modifications like detachable carts, robotic arms and conveyor supplements to handle specific requirements like large and irregularly shaped items. 

MHS Lifecycle Performance Services is equipped to support solutions from MHS Robotics through a consultative lifecycle planning approach.