Advantages and Disadvantages of Automating with Industrial Robots

As with any business decision, there are pros and cons to integrating automated robotic systems into your workplace. It's important to take time to consider the facts and evaluate your needs. The following points address some of the good and the bad of buying automated robots.

Advantages and Disadvantages of RobotsThe Advantages of Industrial Robots

Industrial automated robots have the capacity to dramatically improve product quality. Applications are performed with precision and high repeatability every time. This level of consistency can be hard to achieve any other way.  Robots are constantly being improved, but currently some of the most precise robots have repeatability capabilities of +/-0.02mm, something most experience manual welders cannot provide.

With robots, throughput speeds increase, which directly impacts production. Because an automated robot has the ability to work at a constant speed without pausing for breaks, sleep, vacations, it has the potential to produce more than a human worker.

Robots increase workplace safety. Workers are moved to supervisory roles where they no longer have to perform dangerous applications in hazardous settings.  Light screens or barriers are available to keep the operator out of harms way.

RobotWorx has a ROI calculator to help you find out how much money can you save with a robot.  In addition, improved worker safety leads to financial savings with fewer healthcare and insurance concerns for employers.  Also consider quality and customer satisfaction, which means returning customers and more business. 

The Disadvantages of Industrial Robots:

The initial investment to integrating automated robotics into your business can be significant, especially when business owners are limiting their purchases to new robotic equipment only. The cost of robotic automation should be calculated in light of a business' greater financial budget. Regular maintenance needs can have a financial toll as well.

Incorporating industrial robots does not guarantee results. Devising a specific production plan from the beginning to the end is absolutely crucial.  If a company has a bottleneck farther down the line, incorporating automation may not help achieve the goals needed.  

Employees will require training for programming and interacting with the new robotic equipment. This normally takes time and financial output.

Are you still on the fence about whether or not to automate with robots? Call RobotWorx at 740-251-4312 to discuss your options.

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