Modular cells allow adaptability for manufacturing

Aug 18, 2013

Modular workcells are easy to integrate and able to be moved around and changed for a variety of different applications and production lines. Modular workcells can be stacked in different ways to optimize production.


Work­cells allow for lean­er, more con­cise man­u­fac­tur­ing, giv­ing com­pa­nies the abil­i­ty to use few­er robots and work­ers to per­form more appli­ca­tions. Going a step fur­ther in that log­ic, man­u­fac­tur­ers who use mod­u­lar cells are able to oper­ate via plug and play, and can be changed as necessary.

When design­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing sys­tems, they are usu­al­ly engi­neered to per­form cer­tain tasks or make a cer­tain prod­uct. As prod­uct lines are dis­con­tin­ued or prod­ucts change, man­u­fac­tur­ers need to have mod­u­lar work cells that can adapt to the changes in the fac­to­ry with­out increas­ing down­time with reset­ting and repro­gram­ming the entire line.

By using these mod­u­lar work­cells, which are mobile for eas­i­er inte­gra­tion into a work­space, the pro­duc­tion line can be changed if nec­es­sary. Think of a group of mod­u­lar cells like build­ing blocks for pro­duc­tion. They may work well stacked” one way for this prod­uct, but once the prod­uct is changed or enhanced, the mod­u­lat­ed cells may need to be stacked a dif­fer­ent way to opti­mize productivity.

If these cells were fixed, instead of mod­u­lar, man­u­fac­tur­ers would have to con­tin­u­al­ly have to rein­vest in equip­ment every few years. With the right care, and mod­u­lar­iza­tion, these cells can still be work­ing day in and day out for 20+ years, cut­ting down on pro­duc­tion costs and labor costs for the manufacturer.

Using hyper-mod­u­lar cells makes pro­duc­tion line con­fig­u­ra­tion eas­i­er for man­u­fac­tur­ers, despite the changes in their prod­ucts over the com­ing decades.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of mod­u­lar work cells from sev­er­al com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA, can build work cells that are fixed or mod­u­lar, depend­ing on the needs of the cus­tomer. If your indus­try has a high turnover, our staff can engi­neer a mod­u­lar cell that will have the adapt­abil­i­ty nec­es­sary to keep you in the game with your com­pet­i­tive market.

For more infor­ma­tion on automat­ing your facil­i­ty with mod­u­lar cells, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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