Pick & Place Application

Pick & Place Application

QM Systems has accrued over 35 years of automation experience, using a variety of different methods for manipulating and moving components. Arguably the most requested or cost efficient solution is a pick and place system. Pick and place automation speeds up the process of picking up parts or items and placing them in other locations. Automating this process has the ability to increase production rates and efficiency. The systems are able to handle repetitive tasks while freeing up human operators to focus on more complex work.

Our pick and place systems use advanced vision sensors/systems to identify, grasp and move objects from one place to another. This method can be configured in multiple different ways, with various end-of-arm tooling options for use in different applications. Such as assembly, packaging or bin picking.

System Performance

  • Cartesian: Much like 6-axis robots, cartesian systems operate in more than one plane. The difference being that it is fixed the moving in the X,Y and Z axes using cartesian coordinates. While there is a lack of rotation, this could be a much more cost effective solution, as it is typically assembled with linear actuators and several types of drive mechanisms such as belt, ball or lead screw. These are usually better for positioning accuracy when compared to the alternative methods.
  • Collaborative: Collaborative robots augment the work of humans by leading associates to pick locations and guiding associates through each task. By optimizing routes in real-time and keeping associates on task, collaborative robots help associates work more efficiently.
  • Delta: The use of Delta robots is normally reserved for systems with a necessity to group items and place them in patterns or containers. Delta robots utilise vision systems that can pinpoint size, colour and shape, allowing it to distinguish the desired part in a crowd. Most have three arms that operate on four axes, however other configurations are available. They have heavy motors affixed to a frame, with lightweight arms connected to linking rods with joints at either end of each arm to allow movement.
  • Robotic Arm: This method is arguably the most common. A 5 axis robot with the correct End Of Arm Tooling, is used for typical pick and place processes where an object is required to move only in a single plane. 6-axis robots are used for more complex situations. These include when a part needs to be moved to a different plane, or rotated/re-oriented before being placed in its desired location

Integrated Components

The biggest paybacks for this kind of system are speed and consistency. A Pick and place throughput can often reach up to 200 products per minute. Additionally, placement errors can be as small as 0mm in a properly integrated system.

Pick and Place systems are capable to complete assembly, quality control, packaging and other material handling processes with peak consistency. They also improve the overall quality of production and reduce downtime due to errors. Speed contributes significantly to productivity, as pick and place robots move products through the manufacturing process much quicker than manual options.

Overall, pick and place systems can provide great return on investment for manufacturers The help in production operations around the world increase their output in a profitable way.

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