You rely on your material handling systems and processes to improve your customer service, expedite your delivery time, and lower your handling costs. Of course, it takes a wide range of automated, semi-automated, and manual equipment to maintain product integrity, increase efficiency, and keep your workplace injury-free. One innovative tool that can improve your processes? A specialized end effector.
Read on for a closer look at end effectors and how they can benefit your material handling business.
What Is an End Effector?
End effectors, such as industrial grippers, use suction, magnets, and other mechanical means to move and manipulate products and materials. Tool end effectors can be implemented on articulating arms to add features like welding heads, milling cutters, drills, or paint sprayers.
These high-tech products provide uniformity across tasks and allow for greater safety, ultimately benefiting your entire operation, from your employees to your quality assurance methods. While they come at a higher price tag compared to traditional slings and straps, many companies are making the switch to a more robotic approach due to the advantages it provides.
The following are just a few of the ways incorporating a specialized end effector system can improve your material handling process:
Increase Your Efficiency
Including optimized material handling processes in your workplace improves productivity, safety, and performance. Specialized ergonomic equipment – such as custom lifting devices and custom lift tables – provides a safe, efficient way to move and handle parts and materials.
Specialized end effectors incorporate grippers to pick up parts, allowing operators to lift, rotate, tilt, and manipulate them easily. These tools are ideal when used in conjunction with pick-and-place handling systems like articulating jib cranes. Incorporating tool end effectors like welding heads or paint spray guns can make your existing industrial manipulators even more useful and productive.
Improve Safety in Your Warehouse
Assisted lifting devices ensure your workers stay safe while moving and picking products. However, workplace safety can be further enhanced by adding end effectors to overhead or mounted hoisting devices and cranes. This setup allows employees to position workloads correctly, effectively minimizing work-related injuries from bending, straining, stretching, and manually lifting products.
Maintain the Integrity of Your Products
Using specialized end effectors to optimize ergonomic workstations isn’t just good for your team – it also helps to maintain the integrity of your products. Astrictive end effectors, mechanical grippers, and other tools can reduce instances of product damage that often occur during production, storage, and transport.
Streamline Your Material Handling Processes with High-Tech End Effectors
The best part about specialized end effectors? They offer unparalleled flexibility, meaning you can design a setup that works for your unique needs or add them to an existing hoist-and-track system. The type of end effector that’s best suited for your project will depend on your payloads, tooling lengths, space constraints, part parameters, and budget.
Interested in implementing an end effector in your warehouse? Contact A-Lined Handling Systems today to start designing a material handling system that will provide the efficiency and safety you need.