Q: What type of maintenance does a robot need?
A: Once a year: Change batteries, grease it with the proper grease and method, have one of PRI Robotics’ trained service personnel check for wear and accuracy.
Q: What is the expected life of an industrial robot?
A: With proper maintenance and not overloading the robot’s payload capacity, an industrial robot should provide up to 50,000 hours of operation.
Q: How much volume of a part do I need in order to justify processing it with a robot?
A: A good robotics integrator, like PRI, can help you evaluate requirements such as processing time, end-of-arm tooling requirements, fixturing, programming requirements, justification savings, etc.
Q: Do I need to hire specially trained people to operate and program the robot?
A: No, typically we can train your existing personnel to run and program the robot. One of the most important traits for an operator to have is the desire to learn and the attitude that they want the robot to work.
Q: What type of person should I send to the robotic programmer training?
A: We recommend that you train the person who is normally the person performing that job function, the set-up person of that operation, and the supervisor and/of that department.
Q: I own a small shop, how do I determine if a robot is right for me?
A:. Whether your shop is large or small is not a factor in determining if a robot is right for you. The type of part, quantity and labor content involved in welding, assembling or loading the part will help determine if a industrial automation is a viable option.
Q: How do I justify the cost of industrial automation?
A: Labor savings is just one of the items that can help justify industrial automation. Reduced worker’s comp insurance, increased throughput, improved quality plus other cost savings can help justify the purchase of automation solutions. We will provide a list of justification ideas.
Q: How do I determine which robot is right for my production process?
A: We recommend working with an experienced robotics integrator. They will be able to recommend the right robotic solution for your situation.
Q: Can I run more than one part on a robotic system?
A: Generally speaking yes. An industrial robot can store many different programs. It really depends on the type of parts and the task that is being performed on the robotic cell. We can help you evaluate what parts to automate.
Q: What type of maintenance is required to be performed on an industrial robot and how often?
A: Industrial robots are very robust and require little maintenance. We recommend a preventive maintenance program that includes an inspection for the robot by one of PRI Robotics’ certified engineers, greasing of the harmonics with the appropriate grease and replacing the batteries. Depending on how many hours the robot runs, one or two times per year is generally sufficient.
Q: How much does a robotic system cost?
A: At PRI Robotics, we will provide you a budgetary estimate after discussing your needs.
Q: How can a robot help improve my bottom line?
A: Robots can help improve work flow and quality all while reducing labor costs. In other words, doing more with less. They also can help you reduce the number of repetitive stress injuries thus reducing your work comp expense.