Smaller industrial robots may not have a commanding presence, but they offer a number of advantages.
The Price is Right
First and foremost, small robots have smaller price tags. They do not require as much of a financial commitment as larger models. For this reason, small robots are an excellent option for companies purchasing their first robot. Because small robots cost less, they are able to provide a return on investment within a shorter time frame.
Second, and rather obviously, small industrial robots are extremely compact. Most of them have payloads under 20kg and work envelopes with a horizontal reach of less than 1300mm. In fact, they are also referred to as tabletop robots or shelf-mount robots because they are so well-suited to operate from a small shelf or above a machine. Their light weight and small frames make them an easy addition to any floorplan or workcell configuration.
Third, small industrial robots are capable of many different tasks. They are well-suited for pick and place, assembly, machine tending, dispensing, and packaging. This versatility makes them a good match for multiple industries ranging from packaging to cleanroom environments.
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