It is difficult to find a manufacturing plant that does not use pick and place robots. Pick and place applications are monotonous and repetitive and would not only be taxing for humans but also potentially harmful. Overuse of certain muscles can cause injuries to humans.
These robots are usually meant for simple, monotonous and repetitive tasks and there are myriads of those especially in the manufacturing industry. They come with a number of benefits such as:
- They are precise
- They can work for as long as they are required to
- They do not need any breaks
- The products are uniform and there is hardly any waste
- They do not err
An industrial robotic arm that is programmed to pick and place is a breath of fresh air to many industries. It is difficult to find and retain workforce who are willing to simply pick and place all day every day. When something less arduous comes along, the workers move on leaving a gap.
You will find these bots mounted on a stand which must be stable. They are also placed in such a way that they can easily reach their entire working space. They are programmed to grasp items on a conveyor belt and move them to a specific location.
Uses of Pick and Place Robots
Their use is dependent on the product being handled as well as what the manufacturer needed automation for. There are at least four ways in which these particular robots are used:
This is an application that requires speed and a pick and place robot is exactly what manufacturers need. It grabs an object off the conveyor belt and places it in a packaging container at high speed.
The bot grabs an item from the conveyor belt and places it on a separate workpiece. The item is then carried away by a different conveyor belt.
Pick and place robots have vision systems which are programmed to monitor items on a moving conveyor belt and detect any defects on them. The robot takes the defective item off the conveyor belt before it gets to the final stage of production.
Some pick and place robots come with advanced vision systems that enable them to grab an item out of a bin and place it on a conveyor where it then proceeds for production. Even when the parts in the bin are randomly mixed together, the bot will still pick the right.
The four applications discussed above are the main ones that pick and place robots are used for most manufacturing requirements.
Benefits of Pick and Place Robots
There are two major benefits that these specific robots bring to the factory floor:
Pick and place bots can reach approximately 200 products per minute. Their vision systems can inspect a hundred items per second on a mobile conveyor. Moreover, if your system is well integrated, you stand to enjoy zero placement errors.
A major advantage of pick and place robots is that they work consistently in that they are able to complete assembly, have complete control over the quality of the product, package and maintain the same standard in all other processes.
While all these processes are taking place, the margin for error is almost nonexistent. Consequently, there is barely any waste and the downtown is reduced by a huge margin. They are by far more advantageous than manual alternatives.
The return on investment (ROI) when you engage pick and place robots is great for manufacturers based on the productivity advantage they stand to gain. They aid in ensuring that production is increased, product quality is improved and the profit margin is on the up and up.
Today’s industries cannot afford to work without pick and place robots if they aim to compete favourably in the business world. Workers also find them to be quite helpful because they take over the mundane, boring tasks and allow them to take up more challenging ones.