There are many different steps when you are building a work cell for your production line. You have to consider the budget, the layout, the application you need to perform and the types of machinery that you are going to use, as well as figuring out what features you may purchase to enhance the effectiveness of that machinery for your personal application.
When considering the budget, ask yourself whether you want to use new or used robots in the construction of your work cell. While new robots may be shiny and have all the latest features, used robots routinely work just as well as new for half the price. So, if your company doesn’t have a large budget for work cell automation, this may be a key selling point for upper management when getting the budget finalized.
Once you have decided what your used robot needs to do, you also need to be ready to reconsider your entire production line. You need to look at the production process as it is performed by hand, and then translate that into how it will be performed by a robot. If you can successfully do that (even if it means completely flipping the assembly line around), you will gain more speed advantages from your system.
Work cell building is complex, and the easiest step is contacting a robotics integrator like RobotWorx. RobotWorx is a robotics integrator for several different robotics companies, including ABB, KUKA, Motoman and FANUC. We will work hand in hand with you to layout and build the perfect work cell for your facility space and application. We have access to hundreds of new and used robot models, as well as controllers, safety packages, end effectors and other features.