Drilling robot pays for itself

Sep 17, 2013

Drilling robots can end up saving a manufacturer lots of money and get a super quick ROI, typically within the first year. On one robotic driller, flexibility and speed ended up cutting cycle times by 85%, increasing the overall productivity of the work line.


Robots are not exact­ly the cheap­est of invest­ments. Much like cars, they can range any­where from $25,000 to upwards of $75,000 or more, depend­ing on the sys­tem. Drilling robots are no dif­fer­ent. How­ev­er, in the case of the indus­tri­al robot, it saves the man­u­fac­tur­er thou­sands of dol­lars above and beyond what it cost, pay­ing for itself usu­al­ly in the first year.

That was the case for a Motoman drilling robot sys­tem that was installed for a glass-rein­forced plas­tics fac­to­ry. The sys­tem for robot­ic drilling that Motoman installed in the fac­to­ry end­ed up pay­ing for itself in as lit­tle as four months, accord­ing to the Motoman website.

This man­u­fac­tur­er was hav­ing an issue with the dif­fi­cult work that went along with man­u­fac­tur­ing their glass-rein­forced plas­tic baths. The drilling task was dusty and noisy, as well as being inten­sive and rife with errors. Motoman solved this prob­lem by installing a robot­ic driller from the UP series.

Once the robot driller was installed, the flex­i­bil­i­ty and speed demon­strat­ed by the robot­ic sys­tem cut cycle times by 85 per­cent. This reduc­tion in pro­duc­tion time alone helped to pay for the robot drilling sys­tem. When cycle times are reduced, more prod­uct can be made dur­ing a shift. And, since robots do not need days off or down­time like human work­ers, prod­ucts can be made vir­tu­al­ly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The fac­to­ry went from mak­ing 200 baths per month before automa­tion to 2000 baths a month after automation.

Not only did the automa­tion of drilling robot­ics save the com­pa­ny mon­ey, but it also kept pro­duc­tiv­i­ty high by elim­i­nat­ing unnec­es­sary bot­tle­neck­ing dur­ing pro­duc­tion, which also helped to sig­nif­i­cant­ly boost out­put, the web­site stated.

Want sim­i­lar results with your drilling appli­ca­tion? Then you should get in con­tact with Robots​.com.

Robots​.com is a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for Motoman Robot­ics, and through that part­ner­ship, Robots​.com has access to many of the best robot­ic drilling sys­tems Motoman has to offer. Our com­pa­ny can also cus­tomize a sys­tem to fit your spe­cif­ic appli­ca­tion needs.

For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing your appli­ca­tion with drilling robots, con­tact Robots​.com online or at 8777626881.

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