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Material Handling Robot Versus Manual Labor and Associated Costs


material handling robotsAutomated material handling applications provide advantages beyond simply saving workers’ backs and preventing injuries. It may not seem like it at first, but the return-on-investment (ROI) of automating material handling applications with industrial robots is immense.

It is generally accepted that one robot arm can do the work of four manual laborers. One good example of this is a material handling application. Handling applications typically require at least four handlers. Each laborer makes $15/hour. If a manufacturer has these four laborers each working an eight hour shift ($15 x 4 laborers x 8 hours), the cost of the application would be $480 a shift.

In comparison, we will use $50,000 as the cost of a typical material handling robot system. While this might seem like a lot, this is a one time, initial cost -- as opposed to the continued cost of manual laborers. The system will also need one operator to load and unload parts, as well as starting the program. This operator makes $8/hour. The overall reduction of three workers and changes in pay rates results in great savings for the company who bought the robot. The four manual laborers, working five days a week and 52 weeks a year on one shift, would cost the company over $124,000, while the robot system would only cost the initial payment of $50,000 and an annual salary of just over $16,500 a year, showing a drastic reduction in production costs.

RobotWorx has developed an online ROI calculator that allows users to determine their ROI before they even purchase a robot system. To increase ROI and savings even more, RobotWorx sells reconditioned robot arms from FANUC, Motoman, Universal Robots, KUKAABB and other manufacturers. These reconditioned robots undergo rigorous inspections and testing to ensure that they perform to industry standards. Contact a RobotWorx representative today to being automating your material handling application. Call experts today at 740-251-4312.