Dancing on the Ceiling -- Gantry Material Handling Robots

Gantry material handling robots are able to tackle tasks while being suspended from a track. Each gantry robot takes up less on the floor while also raising the quality and speeds of the production process. There are a variety of end of arm toolings available with each gantry robot to help increase the versatility and flexibility of each automated material handling system.


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.

Robots​.com pro­vides robots from 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 Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

Jun 13, 2013