Why Buying Used Robots can be Better for the Environment

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In recent years there has been much more concern about protecting the environment. Several industries are exploring ways in which to reduce waste, energy consumption, and emissions to create more sustainable processes. Many in the manufacturing industry are joining this movement and trying to lower their environmental footprint. Automating with industrial robots is one such method companies are implementing to create more sustainable manufacturing. Choosing to automate with used robots, like the FANUC M-20ia, can be an even better option for the environment.

There are many advantages to automating with a used Yaskawa MA1400 over a brand-new robot. Second-hand robots are much more affordable with prices being between 40% to 60% less than new robots. They also tend to have shorter lead times with most being delivered within a few weeks of purchase as opposed to potentially several months. They also can save pre-existing robotic equipment as they will likely be compatible with older power sources, tooling, and other robotic components. Used articulated robots will have less of a learning curve as technicians and operators will likely already be familiar with them. Now another advantage can be added to this list, used robots can be better for the environment.

When manufacturers automate with used industrial robots it decreases the need for new resources. Conserving resources is better for the environment as less waste will be generated. Conserving resources can reduce emissions and pollutants that are released into the environment.

Automating with used industrial robots repurposes older robots and robotic equipment. Repurposing used robotic systems prevents equipment from being discarded and ending up in landfills. Industrial robots have extremely long lifespans with the ability to operate over 100,000 hours. Used robot manipulators can be reconditioned and returned to a like-new state. Regardless of a robot’s age they still provide very similar benefits of robotic automation. The multipurpose capabilities of the FANUC M-710ic/50 and other six axis robots allows them to be deployed for multiple projects.

Manufacturers using second-hand robotic manipulators are choosing a sustainable method. Selecting used industrial robots adds to the sustainable manufacturing practices that robotic automation already provides. Industrial robots reduce energy consumption as many are built with energy-efficient components. Robots also do not require the same work conditions as humans. The ABB IRB 1600 and other factory robots can operate in wider temperature ranges as well as in dim lighting. This saves the amount of energy used by manufacturing facilities.

Assembly robots reduce the use of materials and consumables used during manufacturing with their accuracy. This reduces scrap and waste that ends up ultimately in landfills and may pollute the environment. With robots rework is reduced along with overproduction which decreases the environmental impact of a company by conserving resources.

Industrial robots also lower emissions. Industrial robot arms are carbon-free. Replacing carbon emitting machines with industrial robots significantly lowers the carbon footprint of a manufacturer.

Companies looking to improve their environmental footprint should consider automating with a used robot. Purchasing a used robot is good for the environment and allows for more sustainable manufacturing.

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