Pros and Cons of Industrial Robots
In manufacturing more and more companies are adding industrial robots to their factories. The Yaskawa Motoman MH80 and other factory robots can completely optimize manufacturing operations. While the pros greatly outnumber the cons of robotic automation, it is still important for manufacturers to consider both before implementing robotic automation.
Pros of Industrial Robots
- • Greater Efficiency - Robot manipulators are built for speed, accuracy, and precision. These characteristics make them more efficient at manufacturing tasks than human workers. The ABB 2600 will complete applications in less time and with greater accuracy than even the most seasoned worker.
- • Lower Costs - With robotic manipulators manufacturing costs associated with labor, materials, and utilities can be significantly reduced. The cost savings of robotic automation lowers the cost per product allowing manufacturers to expand their profit potential.
- • Less Waste - Implementing the FANUC M-20ia and other industrial robot arms reduces the amount of scrapped and wasted materials. With robotic automation errors are unlikely which prevents defects that lead to rework and the consumption of additional materials.
- • Greater Uptime - Manufacturing uptime will significantly increase with articulated robots. Manufacturing robot arms can operate around the clock turning twelve-hour factories into twenty-four-hour ones. With robots there are no stoppages for shift changes, breaks, or distractions. Robots can operate continuously with little to no supervision.
- • Safer Work Environment - Manufacturing jobs are often dangerous and involve multiple safety risks to workers. Automating with six axis robots removes workers from hazardous conditions, creating a safer work environment. Automating with the FANUC LR Mate 200ic reduces worker exposure to hazards and allows manufacturing to run smoothly.
- • Increased Productivity - The speed and longer operating times of industrial robotic arms will significantly increase productivity rates. Robots are fast, consistent, and accurate which allows for more products to be processed in less time. Manufacturers will be able to meet high demand with robotic automation.
- • Flexibility - Robotic automation will allow for greater flexibility within manufacturing operations. Robots can automate a wide variety of applications as well as handle an array of parts and materials. Manufacturers will be able to produce better quality and more sophisticated products with industrial robots as manufacturing capabilities become limitless.
- • Reliable Manufacturing - Industrial robots are incredibly consistent in their operation. They are also capable of running for several years and can be used for multiple projects. Robots provide reliable labor eliminating labor shortages and turnover issues that have become common with manual labor.
Cons of Industrial Robots
- • Initial Investment - One of the biggest obstacles of robotic automation is the initial cost. The majority of the cost associated with industrial robots is paid upfront unlike with manual labor. However, robots allow for that investment to be earned back through lower costs, faster cycle times, and higher productivity. With robots, an ROI can be realized within the first two years. Purchasing a used robot can make robotic automation more affordable. The FANUC R-2000ic/210F costs significantly less than a new robot while providing the same automation benefits.
- • Learning Curve - When first getting started with industrial robots there will be a learning curve. Operating industrial robots will require time and training to ensure proper and safe use. Fortunately, robotic systems have become more user-friendly over the years. Collaborative robots have a much lower learning curve than traditional industrial robots and are a good option for companies not wanting to invest a ton of time into robot training.