Robotic System Integration

Robotic system integration is a concept used across the manufacturing industry that strategically places robotic systems in certain areas to perform automated tasks. However, with several options for robotic automation available, it can be challenging to decide which processes to automate for the most significant improvement. At Big Sky Engineering, we offer superior robotic integration solutions to meet the unique requirements of customers in the packaging industry. As an industry leader, we can deliver superior-quality equipment and systems designed to provide reliable, durable, adaptable, and accurate performance.

How Does Robotic System Integration Work? 

Robotic system integration helps to improve manufacturing processes by automating tasks in strategic areas. At Big Sky Engineering, we analyze manufacturing, material handling, shipping, and inspection lines to determine areas for improvement. We can then install automation technology in those areas to boost operational efficiency. Depending on the particular application, robotic system integration may utilize various types of robotic technology.

Types of Robotics in Manufacturing

Based on your particular needs, there are several types of robotics that can be integrated into your manufacturing line. These include:

Industrial Robotics

Industrial robotics are designed to perform repetitive tasks in industrial settings. These systems can include multi-axis robotic arms, automated guided vehicles, automated cells, or conveyance. Recent advancements have made industrial robots flexible and scalable, allowing manufacturers to reprogram robotic systems to meet changes in demand. This level of flexibility and scalability makes industrial robotic systems integration ideal for low- to high-volume production lines across the globe. Common manufacturing applications for industrial robots include: 

  • Material handling
  • Assembly
  • Painting
  • Welding (arc and spot)
  • Palletizing
  • Dispensing
  • Inspecting and testing
  • Cleanroom
  • Material removal
  • Material cutting (laser, plasma, waterjet)

Collaborative Robotics

Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, work alongside employees to complete various tasks. However, integrating collaborative robotic systems can be challenging. Because of safety and ergonomics considerations, experienced robotic integrators are necessary for planning and incorporating cobots into manufacturing lines. Since employees will be working near robotic arms, it’s important to install all equipment and systems properly to prevent injuries and accidents.

Pick and Place Robots

Pick and place robots are the ideal solution for performing simple, repetitive material handling and part transfer tasks. Applications requiring sorting, part recognition, or multi-process transfer require a more advanced automation solution. 

Benefits of Robotic Integration

Manufacturers introducing robotic system integration into their production or material handling lines reap many benefits, including:

  • Improved accuracy
  • Better quality 
  • High level of repeatability
  • More consistent products
  • Increased cycle times and speed-to-market
  • Lower labor costs
  • Decreased production costs

When deciding to integrate robots into production lines, working with an experienced robotics integrator is important. Because robotic system integration is a complex process, it requires understanding the different techniques and automation types that will best improve your current processes. 

Robotic Integration Systems at Big Sky Engineering

Since 1998, Big Sky Engineering has been providing custom automation solutions for packaging industry customers around the globe. As a preferred Fanuc integrator, we can deliver the latest products and automation technologies designed to eliminate machine downtime and simplify maintenance. To meet a range of automation needs, we offer the following robotic integration systems:

Contact Big Sky Engineering for the Right Robotic System Integration for Your Needs

Robotic systems integration provides many benefits for manufacturing operations, including increased efficiency, lower labor costs, improved quality, and much more. Since there are many options for robotic systems, it’s essential to work with a professional robotic integration company to identify the best solutions for your operation. At Big Sky Engineering, all our robotic integration solutions are tailored to meet your particular needs. Our knowledgeable staff has over 25 years of experience in industrial automation and is ready to provide you with customized robotic system integration.

To learn more about our robotic system integration capabilities, contact us today or request a quote.