The pick and place application has been around for as long as factories and conveyor systems. This movement of products from one place to another was tedious and dull for human workers, and could also cause injuries due to repetitive movements. Then, pick and place robots came along to save the day. Several industries began automating their pick and place applications with robots, especially the food industry, where speed was a must.
The demand for food has never been higher than it is in the world today. That is why pick and place robotic systems are key parts of many food production lines. A robot can pick up an item and place it precisely each time, repeating this process several times faster than any of its human counterparts. This means that food can be processed, packaged and shipped out to the consumer faster, improving the amount of time it has before it spoils.
Along with the increase in speed, the use of robotic pick and place systems also improves the quality of the products and improves the safety of the workers and the customers. Many pick and place robots use vision systems to ensure that they are picking up the right items and placing them in the correct places. This means that any worker error that may place the wrong food item in the wrong place is cut down to practically zero, keeping the customers safe from possible food conflicts and erroneous packaging. However, because of the constant repetitive movements necessary for the pick and place application, it also ensures that workers are not susceptible to arm, neck and back injuries that could slow down production, or halt it completely.
All in all, the use of robotics for the pick and place application ensures that the manufacturers save time and money while the consumers get a good product quickly.
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