Pick and place automation systems are commonly used in modern manufacturing because they speed up the process of picking up items or parts and placing them in other locations, and automating this process can significantly increase production rates. The robots in a pick and place system handle repetitive tasks and free up human workers to focus on the more complex processes and work.
Pick and place robots are usually mounted on a stable stand and positioned to reach different areas to perform work. They have advanced vision systems that allow them to identify, grasp, and move objects from one place to another. With many design options available, pick and place system robots can be configured with various tooling options for the ends of their arms, which can be used in different applications, such as assembly, packaging, or bin picking.
Applications for Pick and Place Systems
Pick and place robots are also used in applications such as bin picking, packaging, and inspection. Here are a few of the most common applications for pick and place system robots.
Assembly – Used to grab incoming parts from one location, and place or affix the part on another piece of the item before it is transported to the next assembly area.
Packaging – Pick and place system robots grab items from an incoming source or area and place the items in a packaging container.
Bin Picking – Here, they grab parts or items from bins. Advanced vision systems help them to distinguish shape, color, and size to pick the right items from bins of randomly mixed items.
Inspection – Advanced vision systems allow them to pick up objects, detect anomalies, and remove defective items or parts.