Implementing a successful robotic system requires careful planning and a design approach that takes into account all the factors that can affect system performance. Working with an experienced, well-qualified systems integrator such as PRI Robotics helps streamline the process, avoid problems, and maximize your return on investment.
Identifying the Application
The first step is identifying and evaluating potential applications for a turnkey robotic system. In many cases the best approach is to review all operations, then prioritize according to practicality, technical feasibility, and potential benefits. For companies implementing their first automation system, looking at the big picture is important, because careful evaluation may identify opportunities for future robotics applications. PRI can help with all your robot consulting needs.
Justifying the System
A wide range of costs and benefits, both tangible and intangible, can be used to determine whether the investment in a robotic system can be justified. The justification process also should consider whether it makes better sense to lease or purchase the system.
Engineering and Robot Selection
The engineering process includes both application design (workflow, layout, and description of tasks the robot will perform) and system design (changes that affect the operation as a whole). Selecting the right robot for the job is key. Robots from top manufacturers such as FANUC and Panasonic all produce excellent results, but some are better suited than others in performing particular tasks. Let us provide you with robot consulting so you can make the right selection.
The term “fixturing” refers to the physical structure and tooling that affixes and maintains repeatable position of the work or work components. Without fixturing, a robotic system cannot operate effectively. Well designed and well constructed fixturing maximizes system performance, dramatically reduces the potential for problems, and provides flexibility to adapt to future changes.
Training is a critical component of a robotic systems success. Your employees need to know how to properly operate, program and maintain your robotic system. An effective and thorough training program, conducted well in advance of system installation, helps to ensure a smooth transition and optimize system performance. The training program should be on-going, to both train new employees and develop new skills as new features are added to the system.
Maintenance and Upgrades
In addition to routine maintenance, robotic systems are subject to periodic upgrades to address minor problems or take advantage of design innovations. Working with a reliable systems integrator that can provide knowledgeable support and responsive service is essential to help prevent costly delays and downtime.