Material handling is one of the widest spread application processes utilized in manufacturing today. While many manufacturers use material handling robot systems, several are moving toward material handling workcells, which consist of either one or multiple robots, doing several tasks at one station.
A material handling workcell is one of the most versatile workcells available on the market today. While welding workcells are usually confined to either spot or arc welding applications, material handling workcells can perform a dozen different tasks depending on the end-of-arm-tooling available.
In an effort to make manufacturing more efficient, manufacturers are turning more to workcells for material handling. These workcells can perform several tasks within one workcell. Within these workcells, material handlers can work with other robots, CNC machines or even human workers. They can be used to transfer parts into different machines that are positioned around it at one station, or they can take parts from an assembly robot within the material handling workcell and place them on a turntable or other positioner for a human worker to grab and take to the next area.
When putting these workcells together for material handling tasks, manufacturers can usually save a lot of room in their production layout. By having all of these functions grouped into one workcell, the manufacturer saves floor space, while also saving on having to buy other equipment for their facility to perform the tasks.
All in all, workcells for material handling are bastions of accuracy, speed and efficient manufacturing that save manufacturers time and money by ramping up production and cutting equipment and labor costs.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for several robotics companies like FANUC, Motoman, ABB, Universal Robots, and KUKA, produces customized material handling workcells with these companies’ robots. Whether you are looking for a Motoman robot material handling cell to perform pick and place, or a FANUC cell for handling material after welding, RobotWorx can build the right cell for you. We even have some of our own fabrications with the RobotWorx branding, if your company is looking for a specialized material handling layout.