Why Refurbished Robots?
Refurbished robots for manufacturing operations from automotive to plastics processing to complex handling tasks in Aerospace. Robots can easily perform any repetitive manufacturing process that may be dangerous or physically demanding for humans. Robots remove workers from strenuous tasks. For example: heavy lifting, areas of a high level of contamination, extreme noise, heat, and dust to name but a few of the many hazardous environments.
At the same time, robot costs are reducing and this opens up increasing opportunities for medium and small-sized operations. Also, within a highly competitive global market robots are helping companies to maintain their competitiveness.
Some manufacturers are looking for non-robotic application solutions like CNC machines and other automation with bespoke multi-axis machines for the production line. Still, these solutions are not capable of achieving the flexibility of reprogrammable robots.
Reconditioning Robots Solutions
For a lot of SMEs the initial capital investment required for a robot-based solution, using a new robot, can be prohibitive and prevents the company from taking that first step into trying a robotic solution.
The use of a refurbished robot over a new one can give a worthwhile £30K saving per robot (for a medium-sized payload, and more for a high payload version) saving on the total project budget. Refurbished robots yet deliver the same gains in productivity and quality consistency that we achieve with a new robot.
Refurbished Lifetime Robot
The lifetime of a new robot is around twenty years, depending on the preventive maintenance of the robot. For the reconditioned robots, we carry out a rigorous reconditioning check following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedules closely, using original parts, and complying with the standards of the robots certification. Industrial robots have a very long service life making the refurbished robot a sound investment.
Robot Store provides a complete range of refurbished robots from all the leading robot manufacturers for all types of robot applications. As a robot integrator with a global client base, we understand the importance of the quick return on investment (ROI), and this is mainly the case when using a reconditioned robot.
Manufacturing Robot Applications
Industries use robots in many manufacturing applications, such as:
- Welding applications (Arc and Spot – Mig, Tig, CMT)
- Painting applications
- High precision handling
- High-speed pick and place
- Palletising and packing
- Material removal (cutting, drilling, grinding, deburring)
- Machine tending
- Assembly lines
Benefits and Considerations when looking into Robotic Automation.
TOP Five Advantages of Industrial robots
- Reliability and high-quality: Because robots have very high repeatability capability. In this way, they can consistently carry out production processes without any interruption providing high quality and low scrap rates.
- Maximising Production: An industrial robot increases speed for manufacturing processes by operating 24/7 and reducing cycle time.
- Superior safety: Using robots for repetitive tasks means fewer risks of injury for workers. For example, when manufacturing has to take place under particularly unfriendly conditions.
- Reduce Operation labour costs: Robots can free up the staff to use their skills and expertise in other areas within the company. It’s worth bearing in mind that the yearly salary for a person who is multi-disciplined dealing with many manufacturing operations is often expensive allowing the ROI to take place in a short time frame.
- Help manufacturing to keep local: Robots are not taking jobs away from local workers. If not, manufacturers require human expertise when they integrate robots into a series of operations in the production line. For example, you could have a robot welding parts that are handed off to a person task that requires a human’s intuitive qualities.
Considerations when employing Industrial Robots
- Evaluate investment: Research before you proceed with the robot investment, you need to consider all the costs, including installation and configuration. Also, consider future operations modifications and evaluate if it is possible to modify the robot programming and fixturing. Robots typically require a significant initial investment.
- Re-train your existing staff: Industrial robots need sophisticated operation, maintenance, and programming. While the number of people with these skills is growing, it’s currently limited. As a result, it’s essential to consider the personnel investment you’ll need to make to bring in that expertise or re-train the staff to take on the task.
- Consider ongoing costs: Robotic Investment reduces some manufacturing labour costs, but it is crucial to consider their ongoing expenses, for example, preventive maintenance.
- Evaluate payload and reach: Each robot manufacturer builds its robots with unique specifications. Some industrial robots have better reach capabilities than others tied to the specific application that they will perform. The payload is also a consideration and needs to be taken into account in conjunction with the reach. For example, the payload requirement might be low, but the reach required is high which would imply taking a higher payload robot than needed in order to achieve the reach value.