Robots have become integral to manufacturing processes. Whether you recently took the plunge into robotic automation with your first robot purchase or are a seasoned user of industrial robots there will likely come a time you will want to upgrade your robotic system. There are many factors that may influence your decision to upgrade. Robots are a smart investment that hold value even after years of use, making upgrading feasible for manufacturers big and small.
Why Upgrade?There are many reasons why businesses may decide the time has come to upgrade their used robotic system. One of the biggest factors behind the decision to upgrade is to take advantage of new robot systems and technology. As robotic manufacturers retire robot models, new ones are developed to take their place. These models are more intelligent, feature user-friendly software, and are capable of faster operating speeds. In addition, they are able to be integrated with some of the latest technology such as 3D vision and advanced force sensors to elevate their performance. When FANUC released the M-20ia they improved upon the functionality of its predecessor, the M-16ib. Upgrading to the FANUC M20ia allows for more efficient, productive, and advanced robotic applications.
Others may choose to upgrade because their manufacturing needs have changed. These may be due to changes in product lines, materials, consumer demand, or application types. Robots are highly adaptable and can handle multiple applications and processes, but there may be times manufacturers undergo a complete overhaul and need to upgrade. For instance, a manufacture may have once solely worked with metal materials and purchased a FANUC Arc Mate 100ic for welding. However, due to rising material costs they recently moved toward using composite materials and are looking to upgrade to a M-20id-25 for assembly processes.
Upgrading a used robotic system may also be necessary in order to expand manufacturing capabilities. Companies just getting started in robotic automation may initially start with one robot or may not have the budget to fully automate their entire production line. As they become more comfortable with robotic automation and see the benefits first hand, they realize upgrading their robotic system will help with company growth. Selling their used robot can provide additional capital to upgrade from a robot only system to a robotic workcell for maximized efficiency and productivity. Or they may be able to purchase multiple robots to automate an entire production line.
How to Upgrade Your Used Robotic SystemYour used robotic system can provide you with additional capital, allowing you to get the most value from your budget towards a robotic upgrade. Many robotic suppliers take used robot systems as trade-ins, applying the value of your current system towards the purchase of another robot. Robots Done Right can help you trade-in your current robot to upgrade to a newer second-hand unit. Used robot systems can save buyers between 40% to 60% of the cost of a new robot, making upgrading your current system more affordable. The lower cost of upgrading with pre-owned robots can help your budget go farther by being able to buy multiple robots or a complete robotic workcell.
If you are looking to upgrade to a brand-new robot system, you can still sell your pre-owned robot to make the upgrade more cost-effective. Selling your used robot to a robotic equipment company can provide additional money that can then be used toward the purchase of a new robot.