- Cost of integration
- Return on Investment (ROI)
5 Simple Considerations to Implementing Robotics Into Your Manufacturing
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2. Additional Power Requirements – The second things to consider is the power you will need to make the robots function properly. While it’s easy to assume you have the extra electricity from the power grid to install these robots, you should absolutely check. Take a look at your power grid’s consumption versus the amount you have to work with. Follow that up by looking at the power needed for the additional robotics.
3. Employee Training – Your employees will no doubt have concerns about switching over to automation. They will need to know how these new robotics work and what features are in place to ensure their safety. Thankfully, many robotics providers also offer training courses for employees who will be working alongside the robots or working in partnership with them if they are collaborative models.
4. Designing the Cell – At this point, you will need to help the application engineer understand the space and product flow needs for the robot. The goal is to minimize the robot’s overall space usage, while still allowing access for operators, materials, forklifts, and so on. The application engineer will conceptualize both 2D and 3D models of the system’s layout and integration in the factory floor, with all levels of employees contributing information to help bring the project to fruition.
5. Budgeting – The final consideration is perhaps one of the most important. When planning out implementation of robots, you’ll need to communicate with all levels of the plant, including the employees, to understand how it will affect the current budget.
>> Read more by Mariane Davids, Robotiq, March 14, 2017