Handling systems: from consultation to a ready-for-use solution

Great consulting expertise

Strothmann is your system partner with great consulting expertise throughout the full process chain. We will be by your side at all times: from planning to final production support after the final inspection.

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Customized solutions

We draw on our extensive portfolio of gantry and feeder systems to create customized solutions that include advanced functions and additional units, all of them adapted precisely to your requirements.

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Global project handling

Our feeder and gantry systems are in use around the world. From requirements elicitation through commissioning to after-sales service, we implement handling solutions worldwide, including at your location.

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System overview - handling systems
From the classic 2-axis gantry to customized system solutions

System module kit
Handling systems: Linear gantry

Linear gantry

Different series of standardized handling solutions in two axes with handling weights ranging from 25 to 2000 kg.

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System module kit
Handling systems: Area gantry

Gantry robots

Expansion of the line gantries by an additional axis for customized handling tasks over large areas.

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System module kit
Handling systems: Traversing feeders

Traversing feeders

Handling in three axes in a compact space, particularly for loading and unloading processes. Optimized dynamics thanks to overlaid movements in the traversing feed axis.

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System solutions
Handling systems: System solutions

System solutions

The tailor-made solution for our customers: System solutions combine our 2-axis gantries and feeders with additional functions: Linear axes, rotary axes, sensor systems, handling systems and more.

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Customized system solutions
We can develop the ideal, customized handling system for your needs

Consulting expertise for Handling systems

Great consulting expertise for Handling systems

  • We are a system partner with great consulting expertise throughout the full process chain.
  • Our strengths: Process and machine design.
  • Our approach: During planning we’re facilitators, during implementation we’re problem solvers.
  • Your advantage: We will be by your side at all times – from planning all the way through to final inspection.

Additional applications
Handling components: from gripper to centring stations

Handling systems: Grippers and end effectors

Grippers and
end effectors

To supplement our system module kit, we provide specific grippers and universal tools for your products. A wide variety of operating principles can be put to good use, from mechanical to magnetic to vacuum suction cups. Integrated additional functions, e.g. separating devices, complement our portfolio.

Handling systems: Centring, separating and rotating

Centring, separating
and rotating

Your customized system solution consists of combined gantries, feeders and advanced functions. Where advanced functions are concerned, we can draw from a broad range of solutions: Conveyor systems, rotary axes and reversing devices, centring stations, separating devices and marking stations are just some of the options we offer.

Handling systems: Integrated systems and Industry 4.0

Integrated systems
and Industry 4.0

Integration of a variety of third-party units is also within our expertise: Vision systems for position correction and quality checks, interfaces with customer-specific MES systems and the connection to master computers. For our systems we also offer condition monitoring and remote maintenance systems to reduce your maintenance expenses and implement scheduled maintenance intervals.

Customized system solutions for transport and handling

Handling systems in interaction with transport systems

Integrated logistics

  • Feeding and discharge of transported goods on the RoundTrack system
  • Uninterrupted processes
  • Optimized accessibility
  • Linking of systems
  • Manual and fully automatic systems (AGV)
  • High load-bearing capacities
  • High energy efficiency thanks to minimized rolling friction
  • Customized logistics concepts

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Offline programming for handling systems

Intelligent offline programming Open Loop

  • 3D simulation software
  • Full programming of your system on a virtual model
  • High level of safety thanks to collision monitoring
  • Optimized movements to improve output
  • Reduction of try-out times
  • Virtual teaching, set-up and run-in

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Applications Handling systems
From universal to highly dynamic. From standardized to customized.

Applications Handling systems Furniture industry

Furniture industry

Handling of furniture boards in industrial kitchen production. Standardized gantry configurations in long-standing collaboration with integrators. Use of a wide variety of sizes and gantry configurations adapted to each application.

Applications Handling systems Switch cabinet production

Switch cabinet production

Production of switch cabinet doors in a fully automatic production environment. Pick-up of pallets from an AGV, component handling by traversing feeders with additional axes, blank separation and handling via universal tools, component centring with spray oil application, intelligent software with master computer connection.

Applications Handling systems Blank stacking system

Blank stacking system

Fully automatic stacking of cut blanks by an area gantry. Blank transport on a telescopic and height-adjustable conveyor belt, visual position detection via vision system, cycle time optimized movement with double-pick function, uninterrupted stack change, integration of RoundTrack systems and carriages with lifting function.

Handling systems: Permanently in use

Total load-bearing capacity of installed feeders in kilograms.
Total linear portal distance travelled per year in kilometres.
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The average availability of the installed systems is 99.8%.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about handling systems

Handling systems offer a number of advantages in various application areas. The primary advantages are: Optimizing production processes and increasing efficiency.

Automation: Handling systems automate the process of material or workpiece movement. This reduces human error and increases efficiency. It eliminates the need for manual operations, resulting in higher productivity.

Precision: Handling systems are able to position and move materials or workpieces with high precision. This is particularly important in markets where accuracy and repeatability are critical. Particular synergy effects arise when the overall system is coordinated in terms of precision: for example, when an automated guided vehicle system interacts with a 2-axis gantry or a multi-axis gantry, which can also integrate additional work steps.

Time savings: Work processes can be accelerated through the use of handling systems. The automatic movement of materials or workpieces enables tasks to be performed more quickly and shortens production times.

Ergonomics and occupational safety: Handling systems can safely handle heavy loads or hazardous materials, which reduces the strain on employees. This leads to improved occupational safety and ergonomic conditions in the workplace.

Flexibility: Modern handling systems are often flexible in use and can adapt to different materials, product sizes or production requirements. This makes them versatile and enables efficient use of available resources.

Handling systems are used in numerous markets and applications. The main purpose is to automate the handling of materials or products and improve efficiency, accuracy and safety in various industries. A selection of examples:

Manufacturing industry: handling systems are used in the manufacturing industry to move, position, assemble or machine materials or workpieces. They are used in many other different industries.

Warehousing and logistics: Handling systems are used in warehouses and logistics centers to transport, sort, stack and pack goods. Automatic conveyor belts, robotic systems or automated racking systems enable efficient and precise handling of goods.

Packaging industry: Handling systems are used in the packaging industry to handle, sort, label and pack products. Automatic machines perform the task of placing products in cartons, shrinking films or applying labels, and stacking or picking finished products on pallets.

Food processing: Handling systems are used in the food industry to sort, cut, package or palletize food. They ensure precise and hygienic food handling and support the automation of production processes.

Chemical industry: In the chemical industry, handling systems are used to safely handle and transport hazardous chemicals. Automated systems minimize the risk of accidents and increase occupational safety.

A handling system consists of various components. The composition depends on the respective application and the requirements. Typical components:

Robots or picking systems: These are mechanical devices used to grip, move and position materials or products. Robotic arms, pickers, suction cups or special tools are used to perform the handling tasks.

Drive systems: Drive systems enable the movement of handling components. This can be electric, pneumatic or hydraulic, depending on the specific requirements of the system.

Sensors: Sensors play an important role in gathering information about the environment and the positioning of the materials. They can be used to detect position, pressure, force, distance measurement or other relevant parameters.

Control systems: Control systems coordinate the actions of the handling system. They process the information from the sensors, control the movement of the drive systems and monitor the entire process.

Construction elements: Construction elements such as frames, rails, brackets or platforms form the physical structure of the handling system. They provide the basis for the assembly of the various components and ensure stability and precision during operation.

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