Industrial robots and Robotic systems
Robotic systems are a significant investment, and so naturally many growing businesses delay any serious consideration until the last possible moment. But if you ever thought robots might be right for you, now is a good time to look into them.
1. Lowest cost and highest quality wins market share. Economic pressure on both businesses and consumers force everyone to be cautious in their purchases. But high technology has brought many advances in quality and innovation. As a result, many people simultaneously demand high quality and low cost. Industrial automation, particularly the flexibility that robotic automation permits, is a great way to accomplish both objectives.
2. Your competition has been investing in robotic automation. Maybe you think most of your competitors are also postponing adding automation and robots. Think again! From our experience thriving companies have already heavily invested in automation. Not wanting to merely survive, these businesses want to thrive in the current economic climate.
3. Companies that already employ automation are taking over almost every market. Businesses best positioned to respond to market changes are the ones having the leanest manufacturing processes. And automation is a must in lean manufacturing.
4. Robot acquisition and maintenance costs are quite reasonable. The first industrial robots were expensive, slow, and not completely reliable—like most new technologies. Today, robotic systems customers benefit from drastic cost reductions—this, too, is the result of mass production and automation. Prices for industrial robots are the best ever, and steadily decrease each year.
5. Taking business back from competitors. Perhaps it’s time to seriously consider meeting with one of our representatives — an expert who can help you find a solution to automate your processes so that you can see an immediate impact on cost reduction, throughput, and productivity.
6. Banks are ready to lend. You may think that robots are out of your reach because banks aren’t lending, but that’s simply untrue. Banks and robot manufacturers are ready to strike deals with you to extend payment terms and get what you need in your plant, right now.
They attest that robots reduce operation costs, and help perfecting productivity and quality. Robots are environmentally and ethically responsible investments as evidenced by significant reductions in scrap, exhaust, energy, and workplace injuries.
Typical robot applications:
- Arc welding
- Die Casting
- Material handling
- Spot welding
Pick-and-place robots are the most common robotic application. This is because these robots are so suitable for wide variety of component and material handling specifications. Let’s consider some of the many benefits in detail:
Robots have slim extension arms, extremely fine motion and speed control, and precise tooling – all of which combine for extreme accuracy and precision.
Another major advantage is flexibility. Pick-and-place robots are easily programmable, and re-programmable. Most industrial robots can accommodate a wide range of object shapes, types, and sises. Robots can also be programmed in countless variations of movement—typically up to 7 different pivot points (axes) of motion.
Robotic movements are very strictly controlled, so its movements are always exactly the same (even down to fractions of a millimetre). The special motors execute these precise movements very rapidly. The happy result is that pick-and-place robot systems can contribute immediately and directly to great gains in product quality and cycle time.
Most robots have compact bases, so pick-and-place robots are ideal if you are looking to conserve floor space. Also, robot movement can be programmed to move within strict work-envelope limits—even to extreme contortions—to accommodate very small space constraints.
Usually, pick-and-place applications are physically demanding: labour-intensive, repetitive, and monotonous. Often, the weight and size of materials or components is straining and exhausting work. Pick-and-place robots are unaffected by the stresses of the application. They don’t need work breaks, and they don’t make mistakes.
Implementing a pick-and-place robotic system can drastically cut your overall costs. Robotic precision and reliability translate directly into much less waste and extra time savings. The initial return-on-capital investment is often quickly achieved, and future savings go straight to the company’s bottom line.