Things to consider when automating material handling applications

Automated material handling can tackle a wide range of applications in a manner that saves time, space, and money for manufacturers. If you are considering integrating an automation system onto the production line, it is important to consider a few factors that go into the system. Contact RobotWorx representatives today to get started with your material handling integration process.

Things to consider when automating material handling applications

Material handling automation with robots

Robot material handling is defined as movement, packaging or storing of materials in a manner that saves time, space, and money. When ready to automate a material handling application, we recommend you consider all the factors that go into laying out a good, productive robot system for your facility. Robots are an investment and it's key that robotic integration is done right, the first time. Here are some items to deliberate in order to prepare you for the smoothest, most efficient integration for material handling:

1. What type of material handling system is needed?

At Robotworx, you can choose from part selection/order picking, transferring, packing, palletizing, loading and unloading, machine feeding or disengaging. Within each application, robot systems vary by equipment size, material, method, and function. There are large ranges of payload, footprints, and work envelopes. We have a list of which industrial robots are best for your material handling applications, or you can also contact our sales team for detailed options.

2. Any specific robot requirements needed?

For instance, cleanroom robots are specially designed to not put as many particles into the air as others. Food-grade robots promote a more sterilized environment and take more precise counts during production. Does your robot need to be dust or water resistant?

3. What OSHA and robotic standards must be met?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set standards to keep employees safe and national consensus standards related to robotics.

4. What is the layout of our facility?

Facility layout and space available are extremely important to the design phase of your system. Material handling robotics have different footprints and mounting options to fit perfectly in your specific layout. Safety guards such as workcells or curtains may be required.

5. What type of tooling will be required?

Identify the type of end-of-arm-tooling or gripper required to maneuver your product. Different robot brands have different options available. We can also build a customized EOAT tooling if needed.

6. What power supplies are required?

Know what power sources and hookups are available in your current facility. We carry a wide variety of power sources. Some are more compatible to specific robots, which we can help you identify exactly which one is right for your robot system.

7. Who will program and manage the robot system?

Discuss the type of software available and check for compatibility with current systems. This will also help determine the type of controller you want to use.

8. What training comes with the handling robot?

Most integrators do not provide training with a robot purchase. RobotWorx offers a thorough, free training with all robot systems. You can see everything included in our training, here.

RobotWorx has over 25 years of experience integrating material handling robots and workcells. We know automation is a big decision and can help walk you through the entire process to ensure you are going to get the best return on your investment.

Fill out a contact form or call us at 740-251-4312 to talk directly to one of our sales reps or robot technicians.

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