Why Automate with Industrial Robots?
To meet the needs of its customers, the company’s choice of automating with industrial robots was a do-or-die decision. Staff first reacted fearfully to the idea of automating with robots, as many in the industry believe robotic automation leads to staff layoffs.
“The initial thought was we were all going to lose our jobs,” said Jordan Klint, engineering manager at Vickers. “But we were able to add robotics and not have a reduction in headcount because of how we’re structured. Some positions don’t exist anymore, but the people are still here in new roles.”
“We were first asking ourselves ‘why would we automate that,’ but then it really flipped and we started asking ‘why wouldn’t we automate that?’” Tyler commented. “We want to automate as many cells as we can because we are targeting higher volume work.”
How are Industrial Robots Cost Effective?
Industrial robots are expensive and their effectiveness is application-specific. One robot can cost between US$25,000-700,000, depending on the application and whether it is bought new or used. This doesn’t include maintenance or integration costs.
For a manufacturer looking to cover a lot of ground quickly in a market, offshoring seems like a smart plan. However, it is not a miracle solution.
Manufacturers are subject to transportation costs, delays and product losses. For example, if a ship were to lose a container at sea, the manufacturer would lose both product and money.
Additionally, manufacturers can reduce costs by keeping close to their consumer base. With no need to offshore, it becomes significantly easier to transport materials, parts and products between suppliers, manufacturers and customers.
Save Labor with High Precision and Repeatability using Industrial Robots
Industrial robots could be installed in a plant to automate almost anything. Some of the most common applications include:
- High precision
- Arc and Spot Welding
- Material Removal (cutting, grinding, deburring, drilling, etc.)
- Pick and Place
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