Debunking Common Myths About Second-Hand Robots
The idea that buying new is better is not necessarily always the case especially when it comes to robotic automation. Buying a new FANUC Arcmate 120id may not be better than buying a used FANUC Arcmate 120ic . While it may be tempting to only consider new robots, used ones should not be overlooked in your industrial robot search. Second-hand robots provide many advantages over new ones, but unfortunately stigmas surrounding buying used tend to make buyers wary. Robots Done Right is debunking some of the most common myths surrounding second-hand robots to demonstrate they can be just as good of an investment as new robots if not a better one.
Myth 1: Second-hand robots will be in poor condition - The majority of second-hand robots available for resale are in good working condition. Many second-hand robots for sale have been reconditioned which restores a robot to like new condition. When buying from a reputable company used robots are tested prior to selling to ensure they are in good working condition.
Myth 2: Second-hand robots will have high operation hours - Not all second-hand robots will have high operation hours. There are many sold with low hours. However, high operation hours are not necessarily bad either. Articulated robots have extremely long lifespans and can operate for over 100,000 hours. Plus, if the robot has been reconditioned it will be like new. Just because a used ABB 6640 has high hours does not mean it should be passed up.
Myth 3: Second-hand robots will not last - Many falsely assume second-hand robots will not last very long. A second-hand robot can operate just as long as a new robot. When a six axis robot is properly maintained with routine preventative maintenance it is kept in optimal condition, allowing the robot's lifespan to be extended.
Myth 4: A second-hand robot will be prone to breakdowns - A second-hand robot that has been well maintained will not be any more prone to breakdowns than a new robot. A used FANUC Lr Mate 200ic can be just as reliable as a new FANUC Lr Mate 200id. Conducting regular maintenance makes breakdowns rare as components are kept in good condition and potential issues are resolved before a breakdown can occur.
Myth 5: A second-hand robot will be hard to repair - Many often worry a second-hand robot will be unrepairable due to a lack of compatible parts. There is a large used robot parts market making repairs of used robots possible and even easier than new robots. Robots Done Right has an extensive inventory of used robot parts for sale including teach pendants, cables, and servo motors among many others.
Myth 6: A second-hand robot will not be as beneficial as a new robot - Second-hand robots provide pretty much the same automation benefits as new ones. They increase productivity, lower costs, speed up cycle times, improve product quality, decrease waste, and create a safer work environment. These are just some of the main benefits.
Myth 7: Second-hand robots will have no resale value - With the explosion in demand for robotic automation there is an incredibly high need for second-hand robots. As more companies look to automate many are opting for used robots due to budget and time constraints. Should automation needs change, sellers will be able to capitalize on the resale value of their second-hand robots.