Pick and place robots for automated processes from £11,723

What is a pick and place robot?

A pick and place robot transports an object from location A to location B. These are often repetitive and time-consuming activities that still offer a lot of optimization potential within a production. However, pick-and-place systems are increasingly found in everyday end-user applications, such as vending machines.

Which applications can be automated with the help of a robot?

Pick and place robots can be used for the following applications, for example:

  • Machine loading

  • Palletizing

  • Sortation

  • Automated quality control

  • Gluing and dosing

  • Pre-assembly

Different robot types such as jointed-arm robots, delta robots or gantry robots can realize a wide variety of application scenarios depending on the pick-and-place task. The flexibility in the choice of kinematics therefore makes it possible to respond to individual requirements. If you are unsure about which robot is best suited for an application, it is worth talking to a robotics expert without obligation.

Examples of pick and place robots

Example 1: Bin Picking A challenge for the robot, but not impossible: picking unsorted parts.

Add to cart: xyz gantry + Formhand vacuum gripper + robobrain.vision + energy chain set + accessories


Example 2: Medication Time-consuming picking out of medications is a thing of the past: A gantry system picks up medications to transport them to the dispenser.

Add to cart: xyz gantry + vacuum gripper + ejector + energy chain set


Example 3: Lab assistent The SCARA robot has a steady hand and handles the test tubes with precision.

Add to cart: Scara robot + small parts gripper


What are the requirements for the pick and place robot?

Check in advance exactly what the requirements are for the robot to avoid a bad investment. In the best case, coordinate your application with an experienced robotics expert.

Consider these 7 criteria when planning your automation solution:

  1. Degree of freedom: independent movement capability

  2. Reach: maximum working range of the robot, measured from the origin of the robot in the coordinate system

  3. Payload: load that can be moved without reducing the robot's speed

  4. Precision: accuracy with which the part to be moved is always placed in the same location

  5. Cycle time: describes the process speed at which an operation is repeated

  6. Motor control: electronics that control and monitor the motor function

  7. Gripper: tool with which the part to be moved is gripped and deposited.

You can download a detailed checklist for the requirements test of your robot here.

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What components does a robot consist of?

The elementary building blocks of a robot are:

  • Motor

  • Cables

  • Energy chains

  • Control system

  • Software

  • Linear guide or swivel joints

  • Grippers

Industries in which automation by robots is already common practice

The pioneers in terms of automation are the automotive industry and mechanical engineering. However, the advantages of robotics, especially low-cost automation made of inexpensive plastic, have triggered an automation trend in industries ranging from agriculture and the food industry to medical technology and handicrafts.

Free consultation on your pick-and-place robot solution

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