Advantages and Disadvantages of Automating with Industrial Robots


Some call it the “fourth industrial revolution." Regardless of what you call it, the numbers are proof that robots are exponentially being incorporated into factories; Bringing with them incredible precision, productivity, and flexibility. Additionally, factories are also seeing a boom in collaborative robots that are able to seamlessly work hand-in-hand with human workers to further increase flexibility and efficiency. An Industrial Internet of Things is on the rise. 

Globally, it is estimated that 1.3 million industrial robots will arriving in factories by 2018. The international market value for robotic systems estimated around 32 billion US dollars and the automotive division itself increased their robots by 43% in one year, from 2013-2014.  Now is the time to get your foot in the automation door. 

While the initial investment may seem intimidating, you will quickly experience all of the advantages.  

Decreased Production Costs: A quick return on investment (ROI) outweighs the initial setup costs. With robots, throughput speeds increase, which directly impacts production. 

Shorter Cycle Times: lean manufacturing line is crucial for increasing efficiency. An automated robot has the ability to work at a constant speed without pausing for breaks, sleep, or vacations, and ultimately has the potential to produce more in a shorter time than a human worker.

Improved Quality and Reliability: Applications are performed with precision and high repeatability every time. It ensures the product is manufactured with the same specifications and process every time.  Repairs are few and far between.

Better Floor Space Utilization: By decreasing a footprint of a work area by automating parts of your production line, you can utilize the floor space for other operations and make the process flow more efficient.

Reduced Waste: Robots are so accurate that the amount of raw material used can be reduced, decreasing costs on waste.

Attract More Customers: Reduction in schedule and cost attracts customers.  Automation helps provide the highest throughput with least amount of spending.    

Increased Safety:  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.

More Savings: 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. 

Expert at Multiple Applications: Automation in the manufacturing industry is the process of integrating industrial machinery to automatically perform a variety of applications such as weldingmaterial handlingpackingpalletizingdispensingcutting, etc.

With any big financial decision, it is important to be aware of some of the difficulties you may encounter. Our representatives at RobotWorx are willing to do anything in their power to make sure your company can overcome some of these challenges. 

Understanding the Big Initial Investment: 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. 

Identifying Your Needs: 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. Here is a simple ROI calculator to help you decide if automating would be of benefit to your company. 

Understanding the Importance of Training:  Employees will require training for programming and interacting with the new robotic equipment. This normally takes time and financial output. Fortunately, at RobotWorx, we provide training, a warranty, and customer support.

For more information on robotic integration, contact the experts at RobotWorx online or at 740-251-4312.

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