Pick & Place
Pick & place applications are some of the easiest and quickest applications to deploy alongside machine tending. With a wide range of standard tooling available from the UR+ platform, it could be as simple as clipping on a gripper, bolting the Cobot to a stand and entering a simple program.
Remove Simple Repetitive Tasks
A common example of a pick and place application is where an operator is placed on a conveyor and is transferring product from the conveyor into a box all day long. Usually there would be several operators doing this.
This is a really boring task, and symptoms such as RSI can become a factor after prolonged work. You would need to fit the conveyor with a sensor, which triggers the pick of the robot. The robot would then transfer the product into the box.
This would mean you could reduce the number of staff on the line, or just use labour if more throughout is required. The operator can then focus on maintaining and running the line, I.e. removing full boxes or dealing with deformed products.
Common Pick & Place Applications:
Conveyor picking - From the conveyor into a box.
Machine loading – Loading an automation cell to increase efficiencies.
Connecting machines – Transferring product from one process to another.
Added value – Taking product and adding a laser mark or sticker before packing
3 tips for a
successful pick & place application:
Part location – Have a known pick location or use vision to pick randomly.
Build in flexibility – Secure your investment and build in flexibility from day one.
Involve staff – Involve your staff and get them on board – The application will be more successful if you do!