Material handling workcells for an efficient manufacturing experience

Aug 30, 2013

When looking for the perfect solution for your material handling application, consider automating with an automated material handling workcell. Material handling industrial robots bring huge benefits to the production line and can perform a wide range of tasks depending on the EOAT you need.


Mate­r­i­al han­dling is one of the widest spread appli­ca­tion process­es uti­lized in man­u­fac­tur­ing today. While many man­u­fac­tur­ers use mate­r­i­al han­dling robot sys­tems, sev­er­al are mov­ing toward mate­r­i­al han­dling work­cells, which con­sist of either one or mul­ti­ple robots, doing sev­er­al tasks at one station.

A mate­r­i­al han­dling work­cell is one of the most ver­sa­tile work­cells avail­able on the mar­ket today. While weld­ing work­cells are usu­al­ly con­fined to either spot or arc weld­ing appli­ca­tions, mate­r­i­al han­dling work­cells can per­form a dozen dif­fer­ent tasks depend­ing on the end-of-arm-tool­ing available.

In an effort to make man­u­fac­tur­ing more effi­cient, man­u­fac­tur­ers are turn­ing more to work­cells for mate­r­i­al han­dling. These work­cells can per­form sev­er­al tasks with­in one work­cell. With­in these work­cells, mate­r­i­al han­dlers can work with oth­er robots, CNC machines or even human work­ers. They can be used to trans­fer parts into dif­fer­ent machines that are posi­tioned around it at one sta­tion, or they can take parts from an assem­bly robot with­in the mate­r­i­al han­dling work­cell and place them on a turntable or oth­er posi­tion­er for a human work­er to grab and take to the next area.

When putting these work­cells togeth­er for mate­r­i­al han­dling tasks, man­u­fac­tur­ers can usu­al­ly save a lot of room in their pro­duc­tion lay­out. By hav­ing all of these func­tions grouped into one work­cell, the man­u­fac­tur­er saves floor space, while also sav­ing on hav­ing to buy oth­er equip­ment for their facil­i­ty to per­form the tasks.

All in all, work­cells for mate­r­i­al han­dling are bas­tions of accu­ra­cy, speed and effi­cient man­u­fac­tur­ing that save man­u­fac­tur­ers time and mon­ey by ramp­ing up pro­duc­tion and cut­ting equip­ment and labor costs.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for sev­er­al robot­ics com­pa­nies like Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA, pro­duces cus­tomized mate­r­i­al han­dling work­cells with these com­pa­nies’ robots. Whether you are look­ing for a Motoman robot mate­r­i­al han­dling cell to per­form pick and place, or a Fanuc cell for han­dling mate­r­i­al after weld­ing, Robots​.com can build the right cell for you. We even have some of our own fab­ri­ca­tions with the Robots​.com brand­ing, if your com­pa­ny is look­ing for a spe­cial­ized mate­r­i­al han­dling layout.

For more infor­ma­tion on build­ing a robot­ic mate­r­i­al han­dling work­cell with Robots​.com, con­tact us online or at 8777626881.

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