Thira Robotics, a South Korean autonomous mobile robots developer and a subsidiary of THiRA-UTECH, has announced that Hyundai Transys is the first US implementation site after a successful pilot project.

Hyundai Transys, an automotive parts subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group, has selected Thira Robotics’ Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) to automate the production floor flow at a factory in Alabama. T300 units transport carts to the production line and retrieve carts after unloading.

Thira says further implementation of automation across facilities will benefit US-based organisations. “Owners and engineers at brownfield warehouses and factories who could not implement AMR automation without investing tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars into retrofitting the floors can now save money on floor improvement and invest in automation, solving labor shortages that prevent them from meeting market demand,” stated Peter Kim, CEO of Thira Robotics.

Alabama was selected for the first US implementation case due to the state’s increasing need for such solutions. Local efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas have led Korean manufacturers to open new factories in Alabama. However, the state’s manufacturing industry has also experienced a wave of mass layoffs.

It is claimed Thira Robotics’ AMR helps increase employee productivity by collaborating with human workers to reduce repetitive tasks and supporting production line needs during employee shortages.

A Hyundai Transys representative said that “after the introduction, we can perform other tasks without worrying about transporting carts. It is convenient to be able to transport products easily.” This integration is a major stepping stone for Thira to continue expanding across the country.

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It is claimed that Thira’s AMRs can move across imperfect, bumpy, angled, or messy floors of older facilities, unlike typical AMR machines that can only move on flat, dry, and clean surfaces.

Hyundai Transys is a global automotive parts system manufacturing company specialising in power trains and seats. The company is a core affiliate of the Hyundai Motor Group.