Dancing on the Ceiling -- Gantry Material Handling Robots
Many robots operate while mounted on the floor, the wall or a shelf. However, some material handling robots would rather hang – from a track, that is. These are the gantry material handling robots.
These robots are suspended from a track while performing their tasks on a line. Because their track runs above most conveyor and assembly lines, each gantry robot takes up less floor space than its otherwise mounted brethren.
Gantry material handlers are flexible, with several end-of-arm-tooling options to perform a wide variety of material handling applications like pick and place, order picking, machine loading and unloading, palletizing, part transfer, etc.
While the gantry robots do reduce the amount of floor space needed in any facility layout, they have several other advantages as well.
Material handling gantry robotic systems raise the quality and speed of production. They bring an acute sense of accuracy and precision that manual material handling applications are unable to achieve.
With the increase in productivity, these robots can save manufacturers money not just on production costs, but also on labor costs. A gantry material handler doesn’t need a break or a day off, and doesn’t need any vacation time. It can work 24 hours a day, seven days a week if necessary.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator of FANUC, ABB, Universal Robots, Motoman and KUKA robotics, has a wide array of gantry robot models available for integration into your facility. If you are looking to automate your material handling application and have limited facility space, contact RobotWorx today online or at 740-251-4312.