Low Labor Costs of Robots
Many benefits of robots have been observed though most companies do not think about the actual cost of employing robots versus humans. According to numbers from FANUC
, robots can be employed at a cost of 30 cents/hour with minimal service costs. The use of robots also reduces the risks associated with outsourcing
- How would you like to hire an extremely skilled laborer for 30 cents per hour? A laborer that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year? Good news—you can! It’s called an industrial robot and it’s been around for decades working in a vast number of industries and applications. But one thing that’s often overlooked is the real cost of employing a robot versus using manual labor.
- So, let’s look at the operating costs for industrial robots. According to the latest information from the US Department of Energy, the national average cost per kWh for industrial usage is 4.99 cents per kilowatt-hour, or about 5 cents per kilowatt-hour.
- The average power consumption per robot varies from 1 kilovolt-amp (KVA) for a small industrial robot to 5 KVA for a medium size robot (100 kg payload) to 10 KVA for some of the largest size robots (500 plus kg payload).
- Take advantage of this competitive edge and utilize this reliable and flexible technology that costs about the same as offshore labor rates without all of the disadvantages and 50 times less than traditional US labor rates. Help keep your homegrown manufacturing as the national treasure that it is.