Lean Manufacturing with Robotic Workcells

Jun 2, 2020

Integrating a robotic workcell onto your production line will help to increase the efficiency, cost, and part quality on your production line. Pre-engineered workcells by companies such as Robots.com are designed specifically to bring lean manufacturing to the production line. This helps to improve the application flow and decrease the waste during the production process.


A robot work­cell should be designed in a way that improves effi­cien­cy, reduces cost and improves part qual­i­ty for the giv­en robot­ic appli­ca­tion. Pre-engi­neered work­cells are designed on the prin­ci­ples of lean man­u­fac­tur­ing to improve appli­ca­tion flow and elim­i­nate waste dur­ing the process. As defined by asq​.org, Lean Man­u­fac­tur­ing is a set of man­age­ment prac­tices to improve effi­cien­cy and effec­tive­ness by elim­i­nat­ing waste. The core prin­ci­ple of lean is to reduce and elim­i­nate non-val­ue adding activ­i­ties and waste”. 

Work­cells are not just safe­ty bar­ri­ers, though that is a key com­po­nent, but they also allow mul­ti-task­ing. While a robot works on one side of the posi­tion­er, you can safe­ly load and unload a part on the oth­er side. This elim­i­nates extra steps every time a part pass­es through this station. 

Robot­ic work­cells that are well designed into pro­duc­tion flow are more effi­cient through their flex­i­bil­i­ty. Robots can be pro­grammed to do mul­ti­ple func­tions. Sev­er­al robots can weld one piece or mul­ti­ple pieces simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, improv­ing pro­duc­tion through­put and robot uptime opti­miza­tion. One robot can load a part onto a fix­ture while anoth­er cuts or drills the piece, prepar­ing it for the next oper­a­tion in the process. These robots can work togeth­er, per­form­ing var­i­ous tasks that save time and cost for the manufacturer. 

Lean man­u­fac­tur­ing is also accom­plished by reduc­ing waste with robot­ic accu­ra­cy and con­sis­ten­cy. Through prop­er lay­out and design, work­cells can help max­i­mize the use of floor space. It is impor­tant to choose the right robot­ic work­cell for your appli­ca­tion and part type. There are plen­ty of options avail­able with dif­fer­ent types of posi­tion­ers to choose from. Time is mon­ey and hav­ing a high­ly effi­cient work­cell can max­i­mize throughput. 

Using an expe­ri­enced robot­ic inte­gra­tor, such as Robots​.com, can help max­i­mize your invest­ment, by design­ing a sys­tem that meets your exact needs. We have over 28 years of expe­ri­ence inte­grat­ing new and recon­di­tioned robots and robot­ic work­cells. Robots​.com can design a work­cell to improve the effi­cien­cy of your man­u­fac­tur­ing process, to save time and oper­at­ing costs, while min­i­miz­ing waste. 

Con­tact us here, or call 8777626881 for more infor­ma­tion on how Robots​.com can help with design and imple­men­ta­tion of a work­cell that fits your needs.

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