"Trimming the Fat" with Material Handling Robotics

Sep 14, 2023

When you use production resources efficiently, the process is considered to be lean manufacturing. This is typically done with material handling robots and been known to trim the fat as they decrease the waste. Lean manufacturing systems help companies increase their speed, accuracy, repeatability, and cycle times.


Lean man­u­fac­tur­ing is a sys­tem of using pro­duc­tion resources effi­cient­ly. While mate­r­i­al han­dling robots have not tra­di­tion­al­ly been used to trim the fat” on these sys­tems – because they may help to increase waste instead of help­ing – com­pa­nies are turn­ing to robots because of their speed, accu­ra­cy, repeata­bil­i­ty, and cycle times.

More than 100,000 robots are bought and inte­grat­ed into facil­i­ties each year, and many of them are mate­r­i­al han­dling robots. These num­bers alone show how robots are becom­ing more com­mon, espe­cial­ly in lean pro­duc­tion systems.

The advan­tages of robots for lean man­u­fac­tur­ing are numer­ous. Robots do not need any­where near as much down­time as human work­ers. They do not see the same fatigue as humans either. By not need­ing the breaks, lunch­es, time off and vaca­tions like man­u­al work­ers, their work­load pro­motes a lean system.

Mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ic sys­tems also con­tribute to a lean strat­e­gy by increas­ing pro­duc­tion through decreased cycle times and increased repeata­bil­i­ty, accu­ra­cy and speed. These sys­tems can put out sev­er­al times more of a high­er-qual­i­ty prod­uct per hour than man­u­al labor­ers. A mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ic sys­tem will also decrease the num­ber of errors in products.

Anoth­er key to mate­r­i­al han­dling robots con­tribut­ing to lean man­u­fac­tur­ing lies with the flex­i­bil­i­ty of many robots. Due to the high ver­sa­til­i­ty of today’s indus­tri­al robot­ics, as well as end-of-arm-tool­ing that can be fit to sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robots, a man­u­fac­tur­er can pur­chase one robot to do sev­er­al dif­fer­ent applications.

By hav­ing such a high ver­sa­til­i­ty, the mate­r­i­al han­dling robot can pay for itself in no time, while increas­ing the manufacturer’s return on invest­ment (ROI) by increas­ing the lev­el of pro­duc­tion in the facility.

If you are ready to trim the fat” in your shop, and auto­mate some of your process­es, con­tact Robots​.com today at 8777626881 or con­tact us online for a free price quote.

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