Is a wireless robot right for me?

Aug 18, 2013

Before purchasing a wireless robot, there are a variety of things to consider. It is important to consider if the initial investment of a wireless robot will improve the quality on your production line. Wireless systems do not require the same maintenance expenses for wire replacement and also provide more mobility as they can be easily moved around.


Robot­ic automa­tion has been around for years. Indus­tries all over the world have auto­mat­ed dif­fer­ent parts of their pro­duc­tion lines to free up man­pow­er and speed up pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Now, instead of just the tra­di­tion­al robots, some man­u­fac­tur­ers are mov­ing toward wire­less robots for their facilities.

So, how do you know if the move toward wire­less robot­ics is right for you?

There are many things to con­sid­er before buy­ing a wire­less robot, includ­ing the ben­e­fits and the pit­falls a wire­less robot­ic sys­tem may have.

Accord­ing to a paper from smer​o​bot​.org, cost is the first con­sid­er­a­tion to be made when buy­ing any robot, but espe­cial­ly a wire­less robot. While it may seem like a wire­less robot will run more expen­sive than a tra­di­tion­al­ly wired robot, man­u­fac­tur­ers do not have the same expens­es for wire replace­ment with a wire­less robot­ic unit. This saves them mon­ey in the long run.

Anoth­er advan­tage to going wire­less is the free­dom of mobil­i­ty that a wire­less robot has. These robots can move around a plant with­out inter­rupt­ing the con­nec­tiv­i­ty of the robot to the con­troller, the arti­cle stat­ed. Also, this free­dom is an advan­tage if robots have to be moved and repro­grammed for new prod­uct lines on a fre­quent basis.

While there are obvi­ous advan­tages to robot­ic wire­less sys­tems, there are also some pit­falls that need to be con­sid­ered before mov­ing for­ward with a pur­chase. The first, and most impor­tant, pit­fall is the wire­less robot’s threat to the safe­ty lev­el in a facil­i­ty. Wire­less robots oper­ate on receivers that are linked to their con­trollers. There are fre­quen­cies that can jam those receivers, and cause acci­dents in the shop. Man­u­fac­tur­ers have to take extra pre­cau­tions to remove these inter­fer­ences when employ­ing wire­less systems.

There can also be an issue with secu­ri­ty on a wire­less sys­tem. If the fre­quen­cy is received by an out­side source, the robot pro­gram could be hacked. Of course com­pa­nies offer­ing wire­less robots have pro­to­cols in order to pro­tect against these issues.

All in all, a wire­less robot is an invest­ment in the future. Even­tu­al­ly, all robots may end up being wire­less, just like most phones are now. It is just a mat­ter of time and money.

Robots​.com is a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for many robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA robot­ics. If our cus­tomers are look­ing for wire­less robots, we will pro­cure them for our cus­tomers, and even cus­tomize them into a work­cell, if the cus­tomer chooses.

For more infor­ma­tion about pur­chas­ing a wire­less robot through Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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