Buying a Used Robotic Welding System

Buying a Used Robotic Welding System factory robot

Robotic welding systems consist of several components and not just the robot manipulator. A typical robotic welding package may include the FANUC Arcmate 100ic/6L or another welding robot, the robotic controller, teach pendant, a power source such as the Lincoln Powerwave i400, wire feeder, weld torch, reamer, positioner, and safety equipment. It may also consist of an entire weld cell. Due to the multiple components needed, the cost to implement a robotic welding system can be extensive. Automating welding is the most cost-effective way to improve the process in the long run, but many companies hesitate due to the high startup cost. Buying a used robotic welding system is an affordable option for welding automation.

Buying Used Equals Big Savings

Buying a used robotic welding system will significantly lower the startup cost of robotic welding. New systems can easily run into the six figure range, so it is understandable why companies would hesitate. With a used system buyers save on average around 50%, making automating your arc welding process much more affordable. Buying used means you can get arc welding robots and equipment from the top brands while staying within your budget. Popular welding robot manipulators including the FANUC Arcmate 120ic and Yaskawa Motoman MA1440 can be purchased used or as part of a used robotic welding package. Purchasing a used robotic welding system allows buyers to get a high quality automation solution at a more cost-effective price.

With the benefits of welding automation, companies will be able to earn back their initial investment. Buying a used robotic welding system will allow companies to see their ROI sooner with a lower initial investment than with a brand new system.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Robotic Welding System

When considering buying a used robotic welding system it is important to ensure you are buying from a reputable seller. Reputable sellers may include top robot manufacturers or used robotic equipment companies like Robots Done Right. Buying from a reputable seller will ensure you are buying a high quality six axis robot.

It is also important to find out the brand and model information for the articulated robot and welding equipment such as the torch and power source. It is good to know what exactly you are potentially buying. It is also helpful to know the year the industrial robot arm and equipment was manufactured as well as the operation hours. Keep in mind high operation hours are not necessarily bad as robotic manipulators have long lifespans and can be an indicator of a reliable welding system.

You should also inquire about the condition of the equipment of the welding system. Are the components like-new, reconditioned, good, or in poor condition? Reconditioning can add several years to the lifespan of an industrial robot. You should also inquire if all equipment is fully operational and that no parts are missing form the equipment such as cables.

Finally be sure to inquire what components are being sold with the welding system. If all components are included or if some are missing like the teach pendant or the weld torch. If some components are missing it is still possible to source these from a used equipment company.

Robots Done Right is the place to start when it comes to used robots. Contact us if you are interested in buying or selling a welding robot.