The Benefits of Pick and Place Robots

Pick and place robots (P&Ps) are modern solutions for manufacturing environments that facilitate picking mainly metallic parts and placing them where needed. For instance, pick and place robots are increasingly used to sort and place parts repetitively to facilitate production processes. The main advantage of the robotic solution is relieving from boring, repetitive tasks. This article discusses how pick and place robots work, the benefits they present, and how robots reduce costs.

How P&Ps robots work

Most pick and place uses vacuum to lift material off a piece of tape, tilt it in the right position, and place them on the circuit board. Many people prefer manual picking and placing if the items involved are fewer, but the task becomes increasingly tedious and time-consuming if the items are heterogeneous and numerous. 

That is a general overview of how the P&Ps work. However, the process is always tweaked a little bit depending on specific production needs and the materials themselves.  The high customizability of the P&Ps makes them useful in a variety of manufacturing and processing situations.

While it could take a few hours (averagely 2 hours) to set up a pick and place robot, it accomplishes the task in no time due to increased speed and accuracy. Most Mech-Mind PNP solutions are fitted with 3D vision technologies that enhance sorting abilities which reduces the costs of inaccuracies.

What are the 6 benefits are of pick and place robots?

Well, there are more than five benefits of P&P robots, but we will concentrate on the fundamental ones.

  • High Speeds

Most pick and place robots have a higher work rate than manual labor, enabling manufacturers to meet their production volume goals and match market demands faster. The technologies can also be used collaboratively with human labor to optimize resource use in the production process. 

  • Enhanced placement accuracy

Pick and place robotic arms are fitted with enhanced vision solutions that facilitate greater than human-level vision. The capabilities improve the accuracy of picking and placement, especially for smaller parts. The automation also makes it easier to accurately position and place heavier components with greater precision. These qualities of performances are not easy to achieve with entirely manual labor.

  • Reduced set up time

No one wants to spend hours and hours setting up a machine to carry out a task. With P&Ps, the problem of time consumption is greatly minimized. It takes 2 hours to set up a pick and place robot, but it compensates for that with an increased work rate. Thus, there’s an overall positive effect on the production process, which is important for company performance.

  • Minimal space requirements

Most organizations calculate the productivity in revenue per square meter, and a machine that consumes much space worsens productivity outcomes. With this in mind, Mech-Mind provides P&P robotic solutions with minimum space requirements. Averagely the P&P robots have lower space requirements.

The space requirement is measured by estimating the volumes of the coordinates of all points within reach of the end effector component.  This is often much less compared to calculations based on the longest width, length, and height.

  • Highly customizable 

The customizability feature of P&Ps expands the scope of their uses, making them versatile solutions for a wide variety of manufacturing needs.  Hence, the products can be utilized in different industries such as textile, motor, food industry among others. The feature also allows the organization to reduce costs by adapting the P&P components to their current uses without necessarily having to purchase another.

How robots reduce costs

Cost decisions are essential when making purchases for any item at the individual or corporate level. However, it can only be as important as the product’s quality specifications, especially in purchasing pick and place robots.  It is also important to think of how the investment can revolutionize your production process and enhance direct revenues and margin. Pick and place robots also reduce costs by minimizing space requirements resulting in economic use of the floor space, enhancing returns per square meter.  The ability of the robots to sort with great accuracy makes them useful for lean operations that reduce that amount of wastes and defects.

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