Robotic automation in every industry’s goal right now. Everyone wants to enjoy the speed, the precision, the efficiency of the robots, but not everyone knows how to implement it.
Robotic automation involves more than just bringing a robot to the floor space. There’s a lot that goes to its deployment, integration, and application to the production line. So, if you don’t understand this, you might end up in losses from your automation.
But if you implement it correctly, then you’ll gain the competitive advantage you need to thrive in the market.
In this article, we’ll show you the right way to implement industrial robots.
Step 1: Find the Right Tools
Even though robots are the basics of automation, they’re not the most important pieces. You need to find the right tools that work with the robot to make it completely different tasks.
Components such as grippers and changers are vital to your implementation. These components determine everything, from the deployment speeds to the range of applications, to the accuracy of the robot.
So, if your end of arm tools are of poor quality, the finished products from the robots will also be of low quality. Furthermore, the tools you have for the robots might also increase or decrease its usefulness with time.
For instance, if you have grippers designed to handle only one task, then they become obsolete once the production changes.
Therefore, you need to put a lot of thought when investing in robotic accessories.
Step 2: Work on the Human-Robot Relationship
The success of your entire robotic implementation lies with your employees. Are they prepared for them? Do they feel safe working around them? Did you train them to operate robots?
These are some of the questions you need to answer before trying to implement a robot in the workplace. If your workers feel threatened by those robots, then the quality of their work is likely to go down.
So, you better start by addressing the elephant in the room, (How the workers and robot will work together), then try implementing the robots.
Once your workers are on board your automation goals, the automation process will be streamlined much quicker.
By involving them in your decision-making process, they’ll feel valued at the workplace, and their morale will significantly rise. So, even if you’re investing in a small industrial robot, ensure that your employees are prepared for it.
Step 3: Map Out the Intended Applications
Getting ready for the robot, even before it lands on your production line, is one win away from the actual win. Since the robot is quite costly, it’ll be a shame if you can’t maximize your production with it.
You, therefore, need to make sure that you’ve mapped out every possible use of the robot in production.
Have a trained team already prepared for its arrival, and have some tasks ready for the robot. With collaborative robots taking mere hours to be integrated into production, having all its applications mapped out saves you time and resources.
Step 4: Be Prepared for Breakdowns
Most industry owners think that because the robots are new, they can’t breakdown – and that’s where they go wrong.
What they fail to understand is that robotic automation is still a relatively new field. So, the more they try out different applications of the robots in their industry, the higher the chances of the robot breaking down.
And this can be a big blow for the industry.
That’s why you need to be prepared for breakdowns, even for your new robots. Have an expert at arm’s length to conduct regular inspections and repairs, and familiarize yourself with basic maintenance procedures.
The more prepared you are, the longer the robots will last.
Implementing robots in your production has proven to result in better productivity, efficiency, and profitability. But it has to be done right.
So, before rushing to integrate the robot to your production, ensure that you have the right tools, your employees are okay with the move, and that you’ve already mapped out its use. Finally, always be prepared for breakdowns.
With that in mind, implement that robot to your production, and watch as your business scales higher!