“Hanging” with gantry robots
A gantry robot is hung overhead on a linear track that can move back and forth. Gantry robots are typically used for material handling applications but can also be integrated onto welding production lines. Gantry robots are advantageous as they are closer to the part they are working on while also being able to work at different angles than a floor-mount.
A gantry robot, also known as a Cartesian robot, are robots that are hung on an overhead track that runs above a work area, as opposed to being mounted to the floor. Gantry robots can move back and forth on this linear track.
Typically, gantry robotic systems are used for material handling functions like assembly, pick and place, dispensing, sealing, etc. They can also be used for welding parts on a manufacturing line.
A robotic gantry system can usually be found in the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industries. However, these systems may benefit smaller companies that have limited space in their facilities. Since gantry robots run above a workspace, they save floor space when planning layouts for automation, which may be an advantage to some manufacturers.
Their overhead position can also be an advantage because it puts them closer to the part they are working on at times, or at a different angle than a floor-mounted robot.
Gantry robots are also known for their flexibility. These robots can be programmed to work with several different end-of-arm-tooling options, which extends their versatility with robotic applications.
An automated gantry manufacturing system, like other automated systems, also saves manufacturers time and money during production. Robotic gantries can move quicker than manual applications and do so with less error. This decreases cycle times and boosts productivity on a production line.
Robots.com sells robots from Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA robotics, has several different gantry robot models and layouts available for purchase. Robots.com will take the gantry system of your choice and customize it to your exact specifications, making the perfect automated system for your work area.
If you are interested in learning more about gantry robotics and how an automated gantry system can enhance the productivity of your workplace, contact Robots.com online or at 877−762−6881. Our highly-skilled team will give you information on what gantry robot is right for you.
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