Produce more at a lower cost! This is the issue faced by every manufacturer since the industrial revolution. First it was solved by cheap labor, then assembly lines. In today’s world, we have a more humane solution to the age-old problem. Robotic automation increases productivity and efficiency at a lower cost. It gives employees a better work environment and it can be a job-saver when it replaces overseas cheap labor.
The consistent quality of robotic manufacturing reduces material waste and produces a higher quality product. Robots reduce labor costs and solve several labor issues: safety, repetitive task injuries, quality of life. Robots work faster, have higher through-put, and give manufacturers a competitive edge in the global market.
Robotic processes work with high precision which enables manufacturers to provide the highest quality product.
2. Efficiency & Reliability
Robots work 24/7 with little or no supervision.
- Reduce cycle time
- Increase uptime
- Increase output
- Reduce material waste
- MTBF: 60,000 and 80,000 hours
- Minimal maintenance required
The speed of robots cannot be matched, reducing production time and increasing throughput.
Articulated robots provide the ability to mount in several orientations and can rotate freely in multiple orientations.
Flexible Automation allows smaller batch sizes:
- One robot may be utilized for several tasks
- Flexible tooling allows easy tool changes
- Off-line programming makes programming for more than one part easier.
Industrial robots allow manufacturers to produce high quality products with little variation and greater consistency. Robots are not affected by outside stimuli, fatigue or boredom. Robots produce the same high quality product every day, for 24 hours if necessary.
6. Integrated Systems
Built with intelligent design, robots can be installed in minimal spaces and are highly compact and flexible. Newer developments in collaborative robots, mobile robots and integrated design allow manufacturing companies to integrate their entire facility with robotics and artificial intelligence.
Robots perform repetitive and potentially dangerous tasks without much effort. This reduces the likelihood of accidental or other health hazards within the labor pool.
- Minimize employee’s exposure to hazardous processes and working conditions
- Reduce workers compensation claims
Robots produce more product, at a higher quality standard, and in less time than their human counterparts. These are the three variables in lowering costs.
9. Employee well-being & job satisfaction
Robots allow companies to reallocate their manpower previously used for repetitive or dangerous manufacturing jobs to other functioning areas of their process. Contrary to popular myths, automation can boost morale.
- Less reliance on temporary labor
- Maximize employees’ skills
- Improve employee development by teaching valuable technology to skilled labor (ex: welders)
- Higher job satisfaction
10. ROI – Rapid payback
Robots provide error-free work and require no extensive training or in-depth specialist knowledge. This helps companies recover the cost with a quick ROI.