The Do’s and Don’ts of Robotic Automation

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Many industries are implementing robotic automation to create more productive, efficient, and higher quality manufacturing. The use of industrial robots in manufacturing has been steadily growing for decades, but with labor shortages, inflation, and increased consumer demand the adoption of robot manipulators has exploded in recent years. More companies are automating productions with the FANUC Lr Mate 200id and other industrial robot arms than ever before. For those new to or considering implementing robotic automation, it is helpful to learn what steps to take and what to avoid when it comes to robots. Below is a quick guide on the do’s and don’ts of robotic automation.


  • • Automate Repetitive Processes - Robotic manipulators excel at performing repetitive tasks. Users will have the most success with robotic automation with applications that are repeated over and over. The high repeatability of the ABB IRB 120 ensures every cycle run is executed exactly as the last.

  • • Ensure Robot Meets Application Criteria - When selecting an industrial robot it is critical that the industrial robot arm being considered meets the requirements of your application. The application type, payload, reach, work envelope, and environment all need to be considered. You want your endeavor in robotic automation to succeed and the way to guarantee that is by selecting the right robot.

  • • Calculate the ROI - Before implementing robotic automation, it is best to come up with a business plan which includes calculating the robot’s expected ROI. This helps companies set clear expectations in the beginning and allows them to see that they can expect a return on investment and when it will happen.

  • • Consider Other Robotic Equipment - More goes into robotic automation than just the industrial robotic arm. Adding a robotic vision system, force sensors, tool changer, or track system can enhance a robot’s operation and allow for complete optimization of a manufacturing process.

  • • Train Employees - It is important to train any employees that will be operating the manufacturing robot arm or working around it. This ensures they understand how to properly program and use the articulated robot. Training allows for successful automation and helps with employee safety. Educating employees about the robot will also help them understand the six axis robot is there to improve manufacturing not necessarily to replace them.

  • • Safeguard the Robot - Factory robots improve the safety of factories by automating dangerous jobs, but they can also pose new safety hazards. Properly safeguarding your robot will ensure your factory floors remain safe and in compliance with regulatory standards.


  • • Skip Risk Assessments - A risk assessment should be conducted prior to installing the Motoman MH12 or another robot. Risk assessments help companies identify and resolve any potential robot hazards. A risk assessment is key for achieving a safe work environment when robots are introduced.

  • • Forget About Routine Maintenance - Robots require regular maintenance to ensure they remain in good condition and operating at optimal levels. Failing to conduct routine maintenance can lead to malfunctions, increased repairs, excess downtime, and a shorter robot lifespan.

  • • Delay Automating Due to Cost - The number one reason companies delay automating is the initial cost. However, robots can earn back their investment while allowing for higher savings and profit potentials in the long term. There are also more affordable ways to automate such as buying a used robot.

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