The role of Industrial manipulator in the industry

Industrial manipulators make it safer and easier to lift and carry objects that are heavier and/or have somewhat unconventional shapes. Using it strong and flexible arm, the manipulator can easily pick, move and place such objects outside its own center of mass. The ability of the industrial manipulator arm to rotate and tilt in any desired direction also means the manipulator can pick objects from places that are not easily accessible to human labour. Because of these unique design features, manipulators are deployed to move objects that are too heavy to be moved manually with human effort.

Difference between industrial manipulator and balancer

Air Balancer

The working of manipulator might seem similar to a balancer. However, the two units differ significantly in that the manipulator is more flexible. The FineLift industrial manipulator from Fine Handling has a parallelogram with articulating joints to ensure easy reach for holding the component. With this, the operator can move the material to desired direction with ease.

On the other hand, our twin-rope Air Balancer is a perfect zero gravity balancer, which balances loads up to rated capacity as required using only air-pressure as the power source. The Balancer is ideal for compact installation and quick pick & place operations

Take a look at the table below to gauge the difference between the two units

Column 1 Column 2
Industrial manipulator Balancer
Arm can move in multiple defections Uses wires to only move objects up or down
Built to handle objects with unconventional weight and profile Designed only for lightweight standard objects
Can move objects outside its center of mass Objects have to be centered properly to be lifted without trouble
Is not comprised of wires Fine Handling Air Balancer has two instead of one wire for added safety


Benefits of using an industrial manipulator

Less exertion and improved safety for workers

Industrial Manipulator
Industrial Manipulator

Apart from bringing ease and speed to movement of unusually heavy and oddly shaped objects, intelligent industrial manipulator design also contributes to a healthier worker and better workplace. Creating a workplace that is healthy and efficient is the core thought in the design of all industrial pick and place solutions at Fine Handling.

Repetitive motions in handling of simple objects such as boxes can become a troublesome back or joint injuries for the workers, over a period of time. It also reduces the productivity of the process. Use of industrial manipulator not only decreases the amount of aches and fatigue related injuries in the work place but also reduces the insurance claims entered because of such injuries or accidents.

Saving on labour costs

Manual pick and place operations often involve significant number of labourers. This increases accident risks, and entails high costs in the short as well as long term. Lifting manipulator devices enable one operator efficiently handle the job.  What’s more, pick and place operations have for long been dominated by men due to the heavy lifting work involved. With the lifting industrial manipulator device, women too can perform the same job without any hassle. Mechanizing the heavy lifting process with the industrial manipulator less fatigue for human employees even as they are able to move a higher volume of goods with increased ease and efficiency.

Selecting a suitable manipulator

The industrial manipulators available in the market are of multiple types and diverse capacities. Fine Handling offers a range of FineLift industrial manipulators  which compact and modular, portable as well as customized design. The capacity of Fine’s manipulator lifting devices ranges for our manipulators include 250 kg, 150 kg, and 80 kg. When choosing an industrial manipulator, a firm must consider 4 key factors.

Properties of material to be moved

This is the prime consideration that impacts your choice of the machine. Not only should you consider the weight and shape of the material to be handled, but also some of its finer properties. This includes factors such as the sensitivity, perishability and chemical properties of the object. You have to move the object at a certain speed, direction, and distance, and determine how frequently the objects need to be moved. To take a few examples, sectors such as food and beverage have specific hygiene requirement. Similarly, handling chemical drums can be a tedious as well as dangerous task.

Fine Handling’s product line is a versatile one. There are FineLifts available to fit any product weight specifications and size dimensions.

Workspace dimensions

Industrial manipulators have a working radius. Choose a manipulator with a large or small working radius based on your workplace’s space limitations. Consider space factors like placement, aisle width, rack type, and ceiling height when choosing an industrial manipulator. The working radius of the manipulators also affects their price in that manipulators with a higher working radius will cost more.

FineLift  solutions are available in multiple mounting options so that the unit can comfortably fit into the dimensions of most work areas.

Power supply

The power, ergonomics, accuracy and speed of the industrial manipulator is determined by the type of power supply it has. Industrial manipulators could be hydraulic, pneumatic, electric or manual. If you are working in a sensitive environment, pneumatic manipulators is the right option for you.

Types of grippers

Again, depending on the type of objects you are handling, you need to choose the right grippers for the industrial manipulator unit. Fine Handling customizes the grippers to make it application specific, so that your solution will be uniquely crafted to best fit the duties it is expected to perform.

Types of gripper to consider include

  • Vacuum lifter
  • Suction cups
  • Pliers
  • Hooks
  • Magnet
  • Handling crate
  • Chucks

With Fine Handling’s 15+ years of expertise in designing and developing grippers, you get assured gripping solution. We customize every gripper based on the component’s design and use pneumatic, mechanical, or vacuum power. In case of a specific requirement magnetic gripper or even a tackle can be used to hold the component.

Leading manufacturer of industrial manipulators in India

Enabling Indian businesses with world-class solutions is at the heart of work at Fine Handling. Our dedicated R&D facility in Pune designs products that significantly enhance safety and productivity.  With more than 30 products and systems, over a decade of experience and over 1200 installations, Fine Handling works as a total solution provider for all your lifting and handling needs.

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