Robot automation is steadily growing year after year. Companies that want to keep up with their competitors will have to switch to automation. But, how does a company know if it is ready to integrate robots into their production line? There are a few things companies should ask to figure out if they are “robot-ready”.
First, companies need to look at their processes overall, and see if there are any processes that stand out as repetitive, dangerous, or tedious, according to PWC.com. Then, they need to figure out if these processes could be performed by robots instead of humans. Robots can also be helpful if a company has several processes that require high levels of dexterity and precision, which can be hard for a human to maintain without errors.
Companies also have to explore what benefits their production would gain from adding a robot. Would a robot increase the overall productivity? Would a robot help to cut down on waste? Would a robot improve efficiency during a certain process? This will help the company to pinpoint not only where a robot would be effective, but also how it would be effective, and help to improve their production. It is also important for companies to research what cost benefit robotics would bring to them, the return on investment it would have, and how much it would cost to integrate the system and train workers to run the robot system.
Once all of these questions are answered, it is time to find a place to buy your new or refurbished robot. RobotWorx, a robotics integrator for several different robotics companies, including FANUC, KUKA, ABB, Universal Robots, and Motoman, is a great place to start! Our sales team can work with you to find the perfect robotic design for your facility.