Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Used Robot
Buying a used industrial robot is an excellent alternative to buying brand new. Used robots provide the same key benefits of automation as new industrial robots for a fraction of the price. Used robots are making robotic automation a reality for those companies with limited budgets. The longer lead times of new robots is also causing more companies to automate with used robots as they are readily available.
There are many benefits to buying a used robot over a new one. However, purchasing pre-owned can involve some risk if you are not careful of who you are buying from or what you are buying. Below is a list of mistakes to avoid when buying a used robot. Avoiding these mistakes will ensure a risk-free and smooth used robot buying experience.
Not Buying from a Reputable Supplier
Buying a used robot from an inexperienced or not reputable supplier is the number one mistake to avoid. This can potentially set you up for purchasing a faulty robot. Buying from a reputable company like Robots Done Right will ensure you are buying a high quality and reliable used articulated robot. Reputable suppliers will thoroughly test robots before selling to ensure they are in good working condition. Reputable suppliers will also carry robots from the top robotic brands like the FANUC or ABB Robotics.
Not Verifying the Robot’s Condition
When buying a used robot it is important to verify the condition of the robot. Sellers should be upfront with whether the robot is reconditioned, in good condition, or being sold as-is. Having a good understanding of the robot’s condition will ensure there are no surprises once you receive your robot such as missing parts or teach pendant. It is also important to ask about the robot’s maintenance history if available. A well-maintained used FANUC Arcmate 100ic will be operational for many years, making it a smart investment.
Failing to Have a Spare Parts Source
Before purchasing a used robot it is important to find a spare parts source with compatible parts for the robot. There are many parts that are recommended to be kept on-hand as spares to be changed out as part of regular maintenance or to reduce downtime. In the event the robot breaks down you want to be sure you will be able to repair the robot with compatible parts. When purchasing a used robot it is best to buy from a company that also supplies used robot parts. Robots Done Right sells used robotic parts in addition to used six axis robots. RDR carries used parts from the major robot brands. Buyers can find compatible parts for the FANUC R-2000ib and the Yaskawa Motoman MA1400 along with parts for used robots from other popular robotic manufacturers.
Purchasing From Suppliers with Limited Stock
When buying a used robot you want to make sure you are selecting the best robot for your automation needs. Buying from a supplier with a larger stock of used robots will ensure you find the best used robot for your production. Robots Done Right sells a wide variety of second-hand robots with many options available from FANUC, Yaskawa Motoman, ABB, and KUKA.
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 used robot.