The conveyors keep rolling along

May 22, 2013

Conveyor systems help take parts to different applications such as pick and place, palletizing, and packaging robots. These robots rely on the conveyor system to transfer the necessary parts efficiently; the robots then do the rest of the work precisely and accurately.


While mate­r­i­al han­dling robots can be used to posi­tion and trans­fer parts from one place to anoth­er, many facil­i­ties use con­vey­or sys­tems to trans­port items. These items are tak­en to robots that per­form appli­ca­tions like pick and place, pal­letiz­ing, and pack­ag­ing.

While grip­pers and indus­tri­al mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ic arms are impor­tant parts of the man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try, it is the con­vey­or that keeps the prod­uct rolling along to its end point.

There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of con­vey­ors that can be used with mate­r­i­al han­dling robots. They can be set up in a straight line or a spi­ral; they can be designed to run along the floor or over­head. It all depends on the facil­i­ty and the product.

The most typ­i­cal and sim­ple type of con­vey­or is the trans­port con­vey­or. It is made up of a con­tin­u­ous­ly run­ning belt or rollers that trans­port mate­r­i­al and pack­ages through­out the facility.

While con­vey­or belts can be used for almost any mate­r­i­al, roller con­vey­ors are best suit­ed for soft-bot­tomed con­tain­ers like card­board box­es, plas­tic totes with irreg­u­lar shaped bot­toms and sit­u­a­tions where var­i­ous sized con­tain­ers are used.

The con­vey­or takes the prod­uct to the robot that will then either trans­fer it to anoth­er place on the assem­bly line, pack­age the item or put it on a pal­let. There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of robot mod­els from man­u­fac­tur­ers like Fanuc, Motoman and KUKA that can be pro­grammed to work with these dif­fer­ent con­vey­or types.

Robots​.com, pro­vides Inte­gra­tion-Ready Robots for Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA, as well as oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers, has design­ers who will work with you to plan out your mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ic sys­tem, includ­ing which con­vey­ors might be right for you.

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