Steps to building the perfect robotic workcell

Jul 9, 2013

It is important to understand the specific needs of your application in order to choose the perfect workcell. The equipment and safety needs of your production line will help guide you to the perfect decision.


So, you’ve seen those amaz­ing robot­ic work­cells that build car parts, machine pieces and sev­er­al oth­er con­sumer goods. You’ve decid­ed you want that kind of inno­va­tion and improve­ment in your own pro­duc­tion line. But, then you hit a dead end. Where do you start?

Well, there are a few key pieces to a robot work­cell that have to be decid­ed on before the build­ing process can begin. You should try to fig­ure out what appli­ca­tion you want your robot work­cell to per­form and what mate­ri­als you want to use. Then, once that has been decid­ed, it is a mat­ter of con­sid­er­ing what equip­ment you want – robot, posi­tion­er, safe­ty pack­age, end-of-arm-tool­ing – and whether you want it new or refurbished.

So – let’s get started!

First, what appli­ca­tion do you want your robot work­cell to per­form? This is impor­tant when deter­min­ing what kind of robot you will need. Whether you are per­form­ing a weld­ing, mate­r­i­al han­dling, mate­r­i­al removal or some oth­er appli­ca­tion will help nar­row down your robot search.

Once you decide on the appli­ca­tion, then you must con­sid­er your product’s mate­ri­als. Will you need to han­dle mate­ri­als like flat panes of glass? Will your robot­ic work­cell need a weld­ing pack­age to weld dif­fer­ent work pieces? All these things come into play when design­ing your workcell.

Now, onto the equip­ment. After you decide whether your bud­get can han­dle a refur­bished or new sys­tem, you will move on to choos­ing your robot. There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robot­ics com­pa­nies that have robot mod­els on the mar­ket today. Three of the largest in the indus­try are Fanuc, Motoman, and KUKA. These com­pa­nies offer sev­er­al dif­fer­ent mod­els for a large vari­ety of weld­ing, mate­r­i­al han­dling and mate­r­i­al removal needs.

After the robot is decid­ed, the posi­tion­er is the next key piece in the sys­tem. A posi­tion­er can be a turntable that will rotate a piece in and out of the robot’s work zone for weld­ing or mate­r­i­al removal pur­pos­es, or it can be a fer­ris wheel posi­tion­er that moves objects in a dif­fer­ent motion. Even anoth­er robot can be a posi­tion­er, espe­cial­ly in mate­r­i­al han­dling applications.

Then, you have to con­sid­er your safe­ty options. Do you need light cur­tains? Do you want alarms, emer­gency stop? All of these sen­sors are impor­tant to keep­ing work­ers safe and away from the robot workcell’s work zone while the robot is in operation.

It all sounds a bit daunt­ing, doesn’t it? Well, luck­i­ly, Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA robot­ics, is avail­able to help you with all the lay­out, design and build­ing needs for your robot­ic workcell.

You can work with Robots​.com’ staff of tal­ent­ed engi­neers, tech­ni­cians and sales­men to design and build the per­fect robot­ic work­cell that will work per­fect­ly for your appli­ca­tion needs.

For more infor­ma­tion on what Robots​.com has to offer you, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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