Reducing costs is one of the key benefits of robotic applications. In a highly competitive global market, manufacturers need to keep costs in check in order to keep up with competitors. In fact, the need to reduce costs is one of the main reasons many decide to transition from manual processes to robotic applications. Even other forms of automation, such as fixed machinery, do not provide the same saving benefits as robots. Industrial robots are intelligent, adaptable, and efficient, allowing companies to significantly reduce their production expenses.
Cutting Material WasteOne of the biggest profit killers in manufacturing is material waste. Materials can be expensive to begin with. The last thing a manufacturer wants is to have to scrap those expensive parts or materials. Manual manufacturing methods can result in high amounts of material waste, driving up costs. Workers may make mistakes that result in the over use or scrapping of parts. This can lead to workpieces needing to be restarted or the use of additional material to correct mistakes. In either case, material costs will increase. However, deploying robotic applications has been a proven solution to cut costs related to materials. Robotic applications are programmed to follow the exact parameters with every application run. Parts turn out accurate the first time because robots operate with precision and high repeatability. For instance, a FANUC M710ic/50 is able to precisely cut materials by following the programmed path. This prevents the robot form deviating and cutting too much material that would result in waste. Robotic applications can make high material costs obsolete.
Improving Operation EfficiencyInefficient processes can be a major contributing factor to high costs. Inefficient manufacturing can result in slow cycle times, poor product quality, and low productivity levels, all of which can have a negative impact on profit margins by raising costs. Robotic applications are designed for optimum efficiency. Robot applications can be completed in significantly less time than other manufacturing methods. The fast-operating speeds, 24-hour operation, and precision of industrial robots all reduce cycle times. Faster cycle times are the result of an efficient process and the less time is spent on producing a product the less money it will cost.
The efficiency of robotic applications allows for an increased workload, that would take several workers for manual methods. Robotic applications have higher throughput rates, resulting in increased productivity levels. A robotic welding application achieves optimal efficiency by using just one FANUC Arcmate 120ic to complete the same number of welds as 2 to 3 workers. More products can reach more consumers in shorter amounts of time because of the efficiency of robot applications. Having an all-around efficient manufacturing process will reduce costs.