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Pick and Pack or Pick and Place Robotics

What Is A Pick and Place Robot?

A pick and place robot is a kind of robotic device. It is used to automate the process by which electronic components are placed onto circuit boards. The “pick” part refers to how it uses its arm-like mechanisms to select individual pieces from a feeder mechanism that keeps them in order, then placing them on an appropriate area on the board according to where they need to be put.

How Does A Pick and Place Robot Work?

You have probably seen this process being done by hand before – it can involve someone delicately holding each component between two fingers, finding the right spot on the board, putting it down without dropping anything or touching any other components nearby, then repeating until all are finished.
Pick and place robots do all of this in a single action. Just like how an arm on a human can rotate 360 degrees (and usually does not go beyond 180), pick and place robot arms are designed to move along one axis only (the Y-axis) with two degrees of freedom for extra flexibility. The end effector or “gripper” has suction cups that allow it to hold onto components securely until they need to be placed on the board, at which point the cup is opened up, dropping the part away from the machine so it can maneuver into position quickly and easily. Once there, it will find its target by reading where it needs to go based on how the board is designed, place the part, then move away if there are more components to be placed.
The most common pick and place robot design uses a sliding mechanism which moves the arm up and down, whereas others utilize rotating mechanisms that allow them to move in circles instead. This allows for maximum flexibility when it comes to placing parts.
Other than these fundamental principles, design considerations depend on what kind of machine you will need for your application or company – whether it is robotic automation by picking components off of an assembly line conveyor belt (for mass production) or a smaller machine that can fit into tighter spaces (e.g. inside a computer) for more specific requirements. TW Automation can help determine the solution that is right for you and your business. fuji robotic palletizers

Industrial Pick and Place Robots In Food Industry

Robots automate several stages of the food production process . These industrial robots handle various types of packages with ease and speed, on conveyor belts or in free space. Automation directly on the production line is a way to increase throughput and reduce product losses while maintaining high quality standards.
The use of industrial pick and place robotics in the food industry started many years ago with simple load/unload systems, where operators handled packages manually for placing them into machines. Nowadays automated systems continuously manage packaged products without human intervention. Some processes require objects such as plates or trays to be equipped with RFID sensors so they can be automatically recognized by robots during material handling operations .

What Are Some Benefits of Pick and Place Robots?

With the competitive market nowadays a major benefit of robots is that they are able to provide very accurate and precise measurements in both X, Y axes; with speeds ranging from 150 to 200 parts per minute.
Other benefits of this type of automation include: it can be used for high volume production runs due to its quick set up time; which reduces the need for storage space; since there is no need for tooling, die cutting or any other typical production; parts are stacked linearly on a conveyor line allowing for easy bundle transport. All these benefit lead to less downtime and better ROI for developers .
Pick and place robotics have been around since the 1940s but did not become popular until the 1970s when electronic devices became more common in households and businesses around the world.

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