Extending Robot Service Life
Implementing robotic automation can be a big investment, however, it is an investment that can pay for itself in the long run. Industrial robots can be in operation for decades, optimizing manufacturing processes so users capitalize on the full benefits of robotic automation. While articulated robots are designed for years of operation, the longevity of their service life depends upon a few factors. Following these key tips can help extend the service life of your industrial robot.
Robot BrandWhen initially purchasing an industrial robot, the robot brand will be important to consider. Buying a high-quality industrial robot will go a long way in ensuring you are purchasing a long-lasting machine. There is a reason why FANUC, Yaskawa Motoman, ABB, and KUKA have remained the top four robotic brands. Their robots are not only innovative, but incredibly durable for a long service life. Whether you are buying a brand-new robot from one of these brands or a used FANUC Arcmate 120ic or ABB 4600, the robots from these manufacturers are built to last. Of course, there are reliable, high-quality industrial robots from other robotic brands, but robots from the big four manufacturers are the most common. In addition, their robots are more accessible on the used robot market for those on a budget. Spare parts are also more readily available due to the popularity of their robots.
Preventative MaintenanceExtending the service life does not stop at just buying a reliable robot. All industrial robots require preventative maintenance to ensure optimal operation and to prevent the robot’s service life from being cut short. Preventative maintenance schedules vary by manufacturer, but most recommend maintenance after a certain amount of time or operation hours. For example, the FANUC R-2000ic should undergo routine maintenance every 3,850 hours or 12 months as recommended by FANUC.
During routine preventative maintenance the industrial robot should be fully examined to check for worn or damages parts, irregular operation, or irregular noise. The six axis robot is typically cleaned during maintenance, has its grease replaced, and batteries in both the robot and controller changed. Preventative maintenance keeps the robot in good condition, preventing unexpected breakdowns or failures and ensuring the robot will remain operational for as long as possible.