Maintaining a used robot
Used robots are one of the most inexpensive ways to achieve automation in this day and age. A used robot system will work just as well as a new system, at only a fraction of the cost. However, it is important to remember that just as our bodies need more maintenance as we get older, so do used robots. If a used robot is properly maintained over the course of its life, it can last its manufacturer for decades, paying for itself over and over again.
Used robot maintenance is the key to elongating the life of any used robotic system in your shop. All of the axes and motors need to be checked regularly by technicians to ensure that the robot is moving at its full speed and potential. Grease levels should also be checked as deemed necessary to ensure that gears and other moving parts are lubricated. Lack of grease could cause the gears to grind, which would make them wear down or break, causing costly repairs to be necessary.
Another part of the used robotic system that needs to be regularly maintained is the end effector. Material handling grippers need to be checked at hinges and other connections to ensure that they are working at full capacity. Welding torches need to be cleaned and maintained. And, one of the most important end effectors, material removal end effectors, need to be checked for nicks that could not only mess up the application, but cause the end effector to break, which could possibly lead to injuries.
If a used robot is being maintained properly, it will last for years and years, as stated above. That means that you will have a reliable worker that is going to be there every day, 365 days a year, performing the tasks that you deem necessary for successful productivity.
Interested in learning more about used robot systems? Then you should give RobotWorx a call. RobotWorx is a certified integrator for several different robotics companies, including FANUC, Motoman, ABB, Universal Robots, and KUKA. Our staff will work with you to find the right system for your facility and your budget.
For more information, contact RobotWorx online or at 740-251-4312.