How to Justify the Cost of a Robotic System
Robotic systems bring many benefits to manufacturers in the form of improved production speed, product quality, and overall efficiency. However, the initial investment can be quite large for a company of any size, and it may seem hard to justify the $80,000 to $125,000 expense.
Since that level of investment is a large expense for any company, here are some things to consider when justifying the cost to investors, board members, or other executives in your company:
- · Cutting Labor Costs – A typical robot system can easily produce the same amount of work as four workers. If you are running one robot system of three separate shifts a day, that one robot system is completing the same amount of work as 12 workers. The salary savings alone, along with the savings on health care and other employee benefits is a huge justification for purchasing a system. There is also a savings on manual labor expenses like safety equipment and other required welding equipment for each laborer.
- · Uptime Advantages – Unlike manual workers, robot systems do not require lunches, days off, vacations, or sick days. They are able to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with consistent, quality output.
- · Cutting Down on Errors – Robots are commonplace in the manufacturing industry and have been proven to be extremely reliable. When manufacturers choose to use manual welders, rather than robotic welders, they run the risk of not using certified welding procedures and relying on manual workers to properly deposit all required welds. By using robotic systems, human errors are no longer an issue.
- · A Competitive Global Market – The market is no longer local. It is a global market and keeping a competitive edge is important for any company, especially in the manufacturing industry. Not only will robotic automation allow you to continue to innovate and improve the quality of your products, but it will also attract new customers and allow for tax advantages like the Section 179 tax deduction.
As you can see, there are several different justifications for purchasing a robotic automation system for your shop. If you would like to learn more about these advantages and information on how to purchase one, please contact RobotWorx today at 740-251-4312.