Buying industrial robots for your facility is an exciting leap into the world of automation. However, make sure you know these seven things before you make a purchase.
At iGAM, it is important to us that you are able to find the exact equipment you need at a price you can afford. That’s why we list all the specifications and the price on the product so you can make a purchasing decision right then and there.
However, if you’re not sure what to look for, iGAM can help! We’ve created a list of the most important things you should know about a robot before buying.
What you should know before you buy an industrial robot
Industrial purchases are big ticket items
Doing your research before purchasing an industrial robot is well worth the effort.
Industrial robots can cost upwards of $80,000, and that doesn’t include additional peripherals! Now, you can always search for a good deal—such as iGAM’s tested, inspected, and warranty covered robots—but even if you pay only a couple thousand dollars, you should know what you’re buying.
Why? Because of unplanned downtime. If you are in the market to replace your current robot, then you don’t have the flexibility to purchase, test, and return a robot, which could take several weeks in total. Since unplanned downtime can cost an average of $5,600 per minute, make sure that the robot you buy is the exact make and model you need.
Even if you are new to automating, being knowledgeable about the equipment you need empowers you as a consumer, and you’ll start your automation journey on the right foot.
Benefits of automation
If you are still questioning whether you should automate your production line, then consider this list of benefits:
- Increased scalability: Industrial robots are more efficient, so you can reduce lead time and get more customers.
- Reduced labor costs: Robots can take on the highly repetitive jobs that are easy to automate, reducing labor costs in that area, while designating employees to more creative and fulfilling roles.
- Improved workplace safety: Manufacturing jobs can be dangerous. From overuse injuries to falls to electrical shocks, workers need to be aware at all times of potential hazards. Robots protect workers by taking over the dirty, repetitive, and risky work.
- Enhanced product quality: Industrial robots have a high level of precision and repeatability, meaning they will provide higher-quality uniform products for your customers.
Now that you know why automation will benefit your facility, learn the seven things you should know before making a purchase.
7 things to know before buying a robot in 2021
There are many kinds of applications that manufacturers use on a regular basis. From welding to material handling to assembly, you should know what tasks your robot will be performing. If it switches tasks, then ensure that you can attach different end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to your robot.
Payload is the amount of weight a robot can carry. How much will your robot need to carry in order to perform its task? Knowing the mass of your products and tools will prevent your robot from breaking down or not working due to heavy weight.
3. Useable life
What is the useable life on the make and model of the robot you are looking at? The average robot can work between five to twenty years depending on how often it has been maintained and refurbished.
If you are looking to buy a used robot, then check with the owner to know how many hours it has worked and ask them about their maintenance schedule. You’ll be able to determine how long the robot will last once it’s on your warehouse floor.
Robot axes are the availability of motion in robot joints in linear or rotary actions. Industrial robots have between three and seven axes. Depending on your task, your robot might need a certain number of axes to move properly.
How far will your robot need to extend its arm to complete a task? Check the reach on the robot specifications so your robot won’t stop short during production.
Repeatability measures, in millimeters, how precisely a robot can perform the same task multiple times. Most robots perform within +/- 0.02 mm to +/- 0.4 mm of its programmed task. You want the best repeatability possible so your products are consistently uniform to prevent wasted material, or worse, product recalls.
Finally, speed should be a consideration when you are purchasing a robot. Efficiency is all about optimizing and maximizing tasks to get the best product in the fastest time. Check the robot’s motion speed so you get a robot that will minimize downtime in your production line.
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- Fill out the quick application on the product page and choose the best financing plan from the nation’s top lenders.
- Apply for credit with our partner Behalf and purchase any equipment you need while making low monthly payments.
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