In modern industry the use of robots in production plants is growing. The robots are particularly suitable for operations that are repetitive or dangerous for man. Due to productivity and thus competitiveness on the European and world markets, there are a growing number of applications in the domestic market.
Although the robot is often perceived as a ‘complex’ or ‘technologically too advanced’ solution that often brings to mind ‘it’s not for my company’, it has been shown that the robot is a cost-effective solution.
Today’s leading robot manufacturers (e.g. Kuka) are very reliable, malfunctions are very rare and parameterization is easy. Years of development of robotic systems have led to a simple operating interface; the robot is controlled through a control panel similar to a mobile control panel from which you can modify the pre-programmed operations or enter new operations. The control system is intuitive and after undergoing training, the operator can independently manage the robot’s basic operations.
One of the biggest advantages of the robot is its effectiveness, especially in applications where they perform repetitive handling operations. A robot is available to work 365 days, in three shifts, and only needing one service per year. The repeatability of its movement is very high, virtually eliminating write-offs or scrap material at the robot’s position.
In the case of production working in three shifts, it has been shown that the installation of the robot performing handling operations is an investment with the return of about one year. Of course, the exact return depends on each particular case and can be relatively quickly calculated after an overview of the problem itself.