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Painting Robots – By the Numbers

ABB Painting RobotsYou’ve come a long way, paint robot.

If your company has a painting application, why not automate it with a robot? Painting automation a simpler, safer and superior method to any manual painting process. Plus, industrial painting robots are much more accessible than they used to be! Not only are there more models on the market, but they are more affordable than ever before.

That what it’s really all about with automation, right? It is about the cost of doing business and how to decrease that cost. Well, if you’re painting, the way to decrease costs across the board is to automate!

The Cost of Time

The expression “time is money” definitely applies to painting and coating jobs. Manual painting costs more because it takes longer. Not only does a worker operate more slowly than a painting robot, but they also have to be allowed breaks, lunches, and vacations. The repetitive nature of the painting task can also cause fatigue, stress, and injury. Robots, on the other hand, are capable of painting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They work efficiently no matter how long they have been running, increasing throughput, while never decreasing quality.

The Cost of Materials

When a worker is coating and painting manually, mistakes like overspray can waste materials and decrease the quality of products, possibly damaging them. The quality of manual painting is never consistent. Overall, it is a messy process that will end up costing your company more money.

On the other hand, robots conserve paint and work with incredible precision and consistency. Typical paint savings when using robotic automation is 15-30 percent. Since they are programmed to spray the same amount of material on every product, they have fewer overspray problems and create a consistent coating on each part, every time.

The Cost of Safety

Paint contains hazardous materials like Zylene and Toluene. These substances are common in several different paint and coating materials, and it is very dangerous for humans to work around them for long periods of time because of the toxic fumes the chemicals produce. However, your company doesn’t have to risk the cost of accidents or injuries due to an unhealthy work environment. Instead, you can choose to automate with paint robots, which control and isolate the above hazards. Workers are removed from the dangers and placed in supervisory roles.

Overall, the cost of manual painting can be pretty high because of wasted time, wasted materials and, and safety hazards. But, when you choose to automate your painting application, all of those extra costs seem to evaporate. Interested in learning more? Then you should give RobotWorx a call. RobotWorx is a certified integrator for several different robotics companies, including FANUC, ABB, Motoman, and KUKA. Our dedicated staff is ready and waiting to help you build the perfect painting system for your application.

For more information, contact RobotWorx today at 740-251-4312.

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