Industrial robots have been around for decades and have become an important asset for businesses. They have been proven to increase efficiency, productivity, and quality amongst numerous industries. In fact, robotics is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide, especially with today’s technological advances. Many people may not realize that is not just the new robot market that is in demand, it is also the second-hand market. This is good news for anyone that is looking to sell their second-hand industrial robot.
There are many reasons for deciding to resell your robot that are unrelated to its condition. Some companies may be looking to downsize their robotic systems as the equipment is no longer in use. While others may be looking to sell in order to free up capital and limited floorspace. Others could be looking to upgrade their robot to a new model or change robotic manufacturers all together. Selling or trading-in a second-hand robot can be a cost-effective way to upgrade a FANUC M-16i to a FANUC M-20ia for example. No matter what your reason is for selling a second-hand robot, robotic equipment companies, including Robots Done Right can help make the resale process painless.
Well-maintained industrial robots can have an operation lifespan of several years to even several decades. This makes second-hand robots, such as the FANUC Arcmate 120ic, extremely appealing to buyers, especially if maintenance has been routinely kept up. Another benefit that has helped keep the second-hand robot market in high demand is the affordability of them. A second-hand robot can cost 40% to 60% less than a new robot. This makes used robots a more affordable option for businesses that are looking to automate, but do not have the budget for a new robotic system. Selling a second-hand robot can be very advantageous for businesses too because they are able to recapture a portion of their investment. This newly realized capital can be applied towards a new robot model, like the ABB IRB 2600, for further production optimization without completely breaking the bank.
When you decide it is the right time to sell your second-hand robot it is important to have the following information about the unit available:
- The brand, model, year, and current operation hours of the robot.
- The current condition of the robot, for example is it like new, good, poor, etc.
- If there is any additional equipment with the robot, such as welding power supplies, end of arm tooling (EOAT), wire feeders, etc.
- The condition of the robot components, such as cabling, and if these components are functioning properly or if they are damaged.
- If all robot parts are accounted for and not missing from the robot. Having missing parts can significantly devalue the robot.