What is a Pick and Place robot?

Pick and Place tasks are those that involve picking and placing in a different place or position, whether they are parts, products or other elements or loads. These are common logistical tasks in factories, warehouses and industrial environments, which a robot can handle perfectly well as they are mechanical, repetitive and tedious. This is where pick and place robots come into their own.

Traditionally, static robotic arms are referred to as pick & place robots, but Robotnik is a pioneer in autonomous mobile manipulation: it is a mobile platform that integrates a robotic arm. This means that the robot arm is no longer bound to a fixed, specific space, but can perform pick and place tasks in as many locations as required.

The advantages of Pick & Place robots for production processes are diverse, and derive, fundamentally, in two benefits: the reduction of production times and increase in the profitability of the same.

  • Increased production rate
  • Minimising errors in the production process
  • 24/7 working shifts
  • Increased production rate
  • Increased accuracy

How to choose a Pick and Place robot?

There is a wide range of picking robots on offer but not all of them are suitable for every application. The ultimate goal is to automate product manipulation and placement tasks within a production line.

Did you know that Robotnik has developed a robot specifically designed for Pick and Place tasks?

The RB-KAIROS+ mobile manipulator robot can not only perform these tasks in an optimal way, but it also does it in a collaborative way, sharing workspace with operators without risk.

Three factors should be taken into account:

  1. Do you need a fixed arm or do you prefer the arm to be able to change location? With this mobile manipulator, both options are available as it performs the task in the same or different locations. This means further optimisation of the investment in the robot.
  2. Arm reach. Robotnik’s RB-KAIROS+ is a pick and place robot that integrates a Universal Robots arm with a reach of 1,300 mm in the mobile platform.
  3. Payload. The pick and place tasks can be with very small to very large elements or parts. RB-KAIROS+ has a payload capacity of 12.5 kg on the arm and up to 250 kg on the platform.

What tasks can a Pick and Place robot perform?

They are especially useful for tasks in assembly or packaging applications (transporting or placing parts from one part of the chain to another), quality control (inspection of errors and removal of defective parts), screwdriving, metrology, assembly, polishing…

Many of Robotnik’s customers already had an arm in their business to perform these tasks, but they decided to maximise its potential by integrating it into a mobile platform. In this way, they added the ability of autonomous movement.

The RB-KAIROS+ mobile manipulator is one of the best-selling pick & place robots because of its versatility (the mobile platform is omnidirectional, allowing it to move to an infinite number of locations at a speed 1 to 5 times faster than a differential one) and because it is easy for the customer to set up.

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