Why You Should Consider a Pre-Owned Robot
There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when shopping for an industrial robot. Robotic applications, reach, payload, robot type, and axes are all important factors that will ultimately determine the robot you select. However, before considering any of those, companies should determine if they are going to buy a new or pre-owned robot. While it is always tempting to opt for the new articulated robot there are many reasons why you should not overlook pre-owned industrial robots. In many cases a pre-owned robot may turn out to be the best option.
Many assume that a previously owned robot must be poor quality or have something wrong with it for a company to want to get rid of it. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about used robots. The majority of pre-owned robots for sale are in good condition and many have been refurbished. Most of the time companies sell used robots for reasons other than the condition of the robot. A pre-owned robot may be for sale due to a change in productions, an equipment upgrade, or the six axis robot is no longer of use. There are many high-quality pre-owned robots available on the secondhand market including the FANUC Arcmate 100ic and ABB 4600-45.
Not only is it possible to find a pre-owned robot that is in good condition, but also one that is significantly more affordable than a new robot. Pre-owned robots typically cost between 40% to 60% less than a new robot. They are a much more cost-effective way to automate. Pre-owned robots make robotic automation possible for companies with limited capital. The savings of pre-owned robots also make it more affordable to automate an entire production line or to purchase a complete robotic system. Buying a pre-owned FANUC Lr Mate 200ic provides the most of the same benefits as a new LR Mate 200id with the advantage of significant savings on the initial cost.
Another reason to consider a pre-owned robot is the long lifespan of industrial robots. Just because a robot is pre-owned does not mean it will not be able to operate for as long as a new robot. Robots can operate over 100,000 hours and have a lifetime that spans several decades. You can get just as much use out of a pre-owned robot as a new robot.
Since many pre-owned robot models have been around for several years, robot technicians are already familiar with them. This familiarity of pre-owned robots eases integration, programming, operation, and maintenance. Technicians will already be aware of how to use and maintain the robot, reducing training time and the potential of any malfunctions.
Those needing an industrial robot as soon as possible will appreciate the shorter lead times of pre-owned robots. Most pre-owned robots are available for immediate shipping and delivery as they are likely no longer in production. New robots can have lead times of several weeks or longer. Those needing to replace a robot on a production line will not be able to afford to wait several weeks. While those automating for the first time can begin to realize the benefits of robotic automation sooner with a pre-owned robot.