Workers handle material in the workplace on a daily basis. When lifting boxes or other items, they must be careful to lift heavy pieces in a specific way to reduce injury. This can slow down the lifting process and puts limitations on how much can be lifted at one time making it the perfect application for robotic material handling.
Some facilities have forklifts or cranes that are manually operated to lift materials on a larger scale – materials that humans could not possibly lift. However, with any manual operation, there is still a window for user error and other problems.
Facilities that automate with material handling robots for their lifting needs reduce user error, while increasing production and lower costs. While many material handling robotic arms are not able to lift steel beams weighing thousands of pounds like a crane would, some heavy payload material handling robots can lift over 500 pounds.
With several different gripper options, a material handling robot is steadier than the cables on a crane or the forks on a manual lifting vehicle. They can also perform a lifting task over and over again with improved repeatability, reducing the possibility of error.
Many times, these two different kinds of lifters can work together in a facility. A material handling robotic system can palletize items and a manually driven forklift can take them pallet away after it is stacked.
By choosing to automate material handling applications like palletizing, pick and place, order picking, part transfer, etc., manufacturers can count on reduced cycle times, decreased costs and increased production.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator of material handling robotics from manufacturers like ABB, Motoman, KUKA and FANUC, will work with manufacturers to get them the right system for the lowest price possible. For more information about automating your facility with material handling robots, contact RobotWorx today online or by phone at 740-383-8383.