|Robot Automation - Beginners Guide|
The decision to integrate industrial robots into production environments is often taken as a result of cost-down demands from existing customers, to overcome a skilled labour shortage or to combat the competition from lower cost economies.
At ICS we aim to change the reason businesses implement robot automation from the need to save money to the desire to make more money by producing higher quality products at improved margins.
In summary, robot automation can significantly improve your profitability and a typical payback on your initial capital outlay can be 6 months to 18 months, derived from Increased Productivity and Quality and Reduced Costs
Once an organisation has established an installed base and competency with robot automation, many businesses find that they have the greater potential to attract new customers, often in new markets. This is because they gain more confidence to take on new, more complex industrial processes; new capacity is created; the cost base is reduced; the quality of output is improved; staff satisfaction and productivity is increased as more mundane or unpleasant tasks are now performed by robots.
However, we realise that it can be seen as a big step and it is essential that you choose the right partner to make the transition as painless and lucrative as possible. We have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions which you may find useful if you are trying to decide whether robot automation is right for you.
Isn't Robot Automation very expensive and just suitable for large companies?
ICS will work with you to ensure that the most suitable products and processes are selected for robot automation and thus develop a robust automated system with the performance, flexibility and functionality to suit your budget and payback requirements
I'm not sure that many of my production staff will have the skills to cope with robot automation?
ICS will work with you to develop Full Training Packages to suit the individual needs and abilities of your team to help you maximise the benefits of robot automation.
Surely robot automation relies on complex and expensive fixtures to ensure that the standard quality requirement of the output is achievable and repeatable?
ICS has the experience and design capability to develop fixtures using 3D modelling software to produce tooling solutions that are fit for purpose. However, we are happy to work with customers existing fixture suppliers and develop the appropriate scope of supply. We may even be able to reuse your existing manual fixtures with little or no modification.
I have heard that robots can be expensive to fix when they go wrong?
ICS offer a full range of Customer Service Programmes to help you maximise the value of your equipment such as Comprehensive Operation and Maintenance Training on our systems; Telephone Support; planned or routine Service Visits; Breakdown Support; Remote Diagnostics via the internet.
My production is made up of small batches rather than volume serial production, is robot automation suitable for my business?
ICS will work with you to identify which of your products are most suitable for robot automation and which ones will give you the best return on your investment by estimating all relevant performance data, set against your current costs burden.
I thought robots were mostly used for welding metal together or material handling?
ICS will offer you an honest assessment of the suitability of any application for robot automation. Contact us for a free Consultation Visit. We pride ourselves on delivering robust automated systems that are fit for purpose and perform at, or exceed the levels that we specified in our initial proposal.
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