What is a pick and place robot?

Blog | Date: 03-11-2022
Written by: Laura Schilperoort

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A pick and place robot or picking robot is a system used to automate the process of picking up products or items and placing them in a different location. They are strategically positioned to reach different areas and often use advanced vision in combination with artificial intelligence to identify, grasp and move items to the correct position.

What does a pick and place robot do?

A pick and place robot is a system consisting of a robot or cobot arm, gripper and intelligent software for the picking and placing of products. It can be used in various production and logistics processes. Pick and place robots are often implemented in warehouse automation processes, including order picking, packing and sorting. Within Smart Robotics, we have developed the Smart Item Picker for these tasks; a compact, single item picking cobot for the flexible and efficient picking of millions of different items.


What are the benefits of a pick and place robot?

Automating your warehouse with a pick and place robot will increase output and improve quality of work. A picking robot like the Smart Item Picker can help with various logistics challenges such as:

  • Growing labor shortage.
  • Ever increasing consumer demand & variation; the need for high flexibility and 24/7 operation.
  • Monotonous and repetitive work; employees can be relieved of these tasks and focus on more complex work that requires human skills.
  • High sick leave amongst employees due to the physically straining work.


Why choose a pick and place cobot?

The Smart Item Picker is a cobot which brings several advantages. A pick and place cobot requires a much smaller space than a robot picker and cooperates safely with your employees. It can easily be implemented in an existing warehouse and can continue its operation even when employees are near. This results in high flexibility and ease of use.


Where can a pick and place robot be used?

A pick and place robot can serve customers in various markets, including e-commerce, logistics & fashion, that are facing ever increasing consumer demand, high variation in product series and rising labor shortages. A pick and place robot can help improve quality of work and scale your business.



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