Things to consider before buying an industrial robot

Many manufacturing companies are now turning to industrial robots to automate their operations. This is because some of these operations are not conducive for human workers in term of speed or harshness of the environment. Therefore, it is vital for these companies to take certain things into consideration before they purchase any industrial robots. Automating manufacturing operations is not a simple task. Hence there’s no particular robot fit for all operations.

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Below are some of the things you need to consider before selecting a robot for your industrial use.

Industrial application / Industrial purpose

Firstly, you need to understand the purpose you want the robot to serve, the type of application you want the robot to perform. This will guide you when you want to decide which kind of robot you need to buy. For instance, if you’re looking for a device that can place objects at a fast rate, then a Delta robot will be best suitable for this. Or, if you need an industrial robot that can work alongside human workers, a collaborative robot is what you need. Manufacturer of industrial robots has different robots for every application. It is only left for you to identify what you want to do with a robot and make your choice accordingly.

Safety

Safety is also one of the important things you need to consider before buying a robot. Despite the numerous advantages of robotic applications in the industries, they are also potential hazards. Robots can cause great harm and damages. The goal of the manufacturers of robots is their safe usage without endangering human life or causing loss of property. And this should as well be the goal of the end users.Before buying a robot, you need to be aware of the safety standards that are about robots and their integration.

Speed

Your choice of the robot should be determined by the rate at which the job needs to be done. The different speed levels of the robot are always indicated on the specification sheets. Knowing all the speed levels of a robot will enable you to determine the kind of robot that will be best suitable for your operations. The motion unit for robots is often in degrees/second.

Number of Axes

The degree of freedom of a robot depends on the number of axes,and the number of axes depends on the application. A four (4) axis industrial robot is adequate for an undemanding application such as pick and place. But for an application where the robot arm needs to turn and twist more often, a 6 or 7 axis robot would be the right option. There’s no problem with a robot having many axes, this will only increase its flexibility. It is better for a robot to have more axes than not to be enough.

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Robot Payload

Robot payload is defined as the maximum load that a robot can withstand in its working space. The payload can be determined by the sum of the weight of the object to be carried and the weight of the robot gripper. If you’re looking to carry an object from one machine to another, the weight of the load should not exceed the specified payload of the robot.

Robot Mass

Whether the industrial robot will be on a bench or on a rail, you need to know the weight of the robot toprovide corresponding support for it.

It is imperative that you carefully identify the needs of your business and assess the applications of your operations before making the next industrial robotic investment. We hope this article provides the information you need to choose the right industrial robot.