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MHS joins Robotic Industries Association

Will support RIA’s efforts to advance industrial robotics


October 7, 2020
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MT. WASHINGTON, Kentucky — MHS, a provider of material handling automation and software solutions, has joined the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

MHS will support RIA’s efforts to advance industrial robotics through promotional and educational opportunities, integration and safety standards and more.

“We look forward to continuing our involvement with such a respected, trusted organization, whose mission aligns with our efforts to solve customer challenges with robotics and flexible automation,” says Dean Terrell, senior vice-president, MHS.

“Our relationship will mutually serve both parties in speeding up time to market for all new robotics products while ensuring safe operation and a common knowledge center for industry standards, best practices and robotics training for personnel.”

MHS helped host the 2019 Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference, co-sponsored by the RIA and Association for Advancing Automation (A3), capping off the event with a tour of the company’s 260,000-square-foot research and development facility and live demonstrations of automation technology for a range of logistics processes.

The company has also contributed to RIA’s effort to define safety standards specifically for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which have previously operated under standards for automated guided vehicles established in the 1990s.

Expansion

MHS offers both AMR and robotic work cell solutions. Earlier this year, the company expanded its portfolio of AMR capabilities, providing access to a full lineup of transportation systems, including modifications for target applications like detachable carts, robotic arms, forklifts and conveyor supplements. Some examples of MHS robotic work cells include palletizing, each picking for order fulfillment and an innovative robotic singulation solution to precisely pick and place individual items to feed downstream automated systems.

The company has also been pursuing a strategy of growth by acquisition, with the purchase earlier in 2020 of eMotion Controls, a controls system integration and software company. In 2018 MHS bought A2i Systems (A2i), a material handling equipment, engineering and services integrator and VanRiet Material Handling Systems (VanRiet), a provider of integration systems, equipment, and after-market services.