Integrating robotics into industrial laser systems improves the precision and flexibility of your material handling efforts. This increases your efficiency, manpower loading, and overall throughput. The usage of robotics in the material handling industry continues to grow every year as companies seek to reduce manual handling of parts and processes. Robots combined with lasers is a growing market area.
There are several questions to be asked when analyzing whether robotics can be used in your work cell. These include:
- Part dimensions and weight. There are limitations to speed and accuracy depending upon your part design.
- Fixturing of Parts. Can your parts be fixtured in a pallet or in an array? This aides in throughput for robotic pick up operations.
- Vision for Pre-, Post- Operations. The robot can be integrated to Vision systems either external or internal to the robot programming. This is important for part pick up, part verification, verifying mark quality, reject capability, part placement or assembly operations.
- Cost advantages. Will the robot integration help reduce your labor costs?
- Throughput of the System. Is your system set-up for pass through operations where a robot can be used to automatically process parts based upon demand.
- Marking or processing locations. Do you have multiple area on the part to be marked or verified. Robots are useful when reorienting the part for a circumferential mark or bottom side marking.
- Keeping it simple. The use of a single robot in the operation provides many benefits where multiple mark or vision locations are required, vision verification, tight tolerance movements.