Value of Robotic Automation
Robotic automation involves programming industrial robots to automatically execute production related tasks. The purpose of robotic automation is to reduce human involvement with manufacturing as much as possible in order to achieve a more efficient operation. The value of robotic automation can be measured through lower costs, increased productivity, higher product quality, and greater manufacturing capabilities.
Keeping production costs in check is crucial for companies to stay afloat. Today costs seem to be rising everywhere from worker salaries to materials to utilities. Automating with industrial robots is critical for lowering costs. The first and most obvious way industrial robots lower costs is by reducing labor expenses. Using a FANUC Arcmate 120ic for welding eliminates expensive salaries. Robotic automation in the long run is cheaper than manual labor as the main cost associated with them is their initial purchase. With manual labor costs are continuous. Industrial robots rarely make mistakes which eliminates scrapped materials and rework, helping to conserve materials. With the consistency and reliability of articulated robots material costs are reduced and become predictable. Lastly, many of today’s robots are energy efficient. They can also operate in dim lighting without heat or air conditioning. Automating with the Motoman MH6 or another six axis robot will reduce utility costs. Lowering production costs allows companies to increase their profit potential.
Productivity is another valuable aspect of robotic automation that is critical to the success of a company. Manufacturing operations need to be productive as the more time it takes to manufacture a product the more money and resources will be used. Robotic automation increases productivity. Robots can operate around the clock with no breaks allowing for longer operation times. They operate at much faster speeds than humans and do not make errors which allows them to take on greater workloads. The ABB 4600 can take on the workload of three to four workers on its own. Cycle times are reduced with robotic automation which in turn increases productivity.
Higher product quality is another valuable aspect of robotic automation. Producing high quality products is key for capturing and retaining customers. Industrial robots feature high repeatability and are programmed for accuracy. They do not deviate from a programmed path. Robots are also able to replicate every step with each workpiece ensuring all products are uniform and meet the same quality standards. Robots can even be used to perform their own quality control checks. Integrating the FANUC Lr Mate 200ic with vision gives it the ability to thoroughly inspect products, catching even the slightest defect ensuring high quality products.
With robotic automation manufacturing capabilities are rarely limited which is another valuable aspect. Robots are a form of flexible automation with the ability to be reprogrammed and automate multiple applications. Advanced software options, force sensors, and robotic vision systems enhance their operation and allow them to automate complex tasks. With robotic automation companies have greater manufacturing potential which allows them to develop more advanced products, easily adapt to changing consumer demands, manufacture multiple types of products, and keep up with growing product demands. Robotic automation can adapt as your company expands.