The robotics industry is evolving, becoming more accessible, and cost-friendly hastening its adoption across the world. Research suggests that industrial robot costs will reduce by more than 50% by 2025. Further, cheaper and swift sensors, networking, and connectivity will enhance robot functionality significantly.
These advancements indicate a future where robots will be the center of operations in various organizations. As a result, safe robotic deployment is crucial. Here are some factors to consider before deploying industrial robotics in your organization.
Despite the numerous advancements in the robotics sector, robots can be dangerous. High-end force and moving parts such as welders can be a health hazard to employees, especially in the absence of suitable precautions. If the industrial robotic arm collaborates with human employees in the same environment, you must adopt measures to guarantee safety.
When assessing possible options, you may want to determine the safety features that robotic manufacturers may offer. Further, consider the workflow and amount of space required for employees to control the robot safely. If you are working with limited space, consider small robots with restraint footprints.
Invest in robots integrated with safety features or models that are explicitly made to operate alongside human workers. For instance, many advanced cobots incorporate various safety features such as padding on sharp edges and force limiters. With these features, employees can work around them without fear of getting injured. Still, it would help if you adopted some specific safety measures even when you are using cobots.
Energy Efficiency and Power Consumption
Industrial organizations use significant energy amounts, and adopting automated technology can increase energy consumption. Before implementing robotics, you want to consider its energy efficiency. Often, there will always be a similar system or robot capable of offering the same features at reduced energy costs. Make sure any new components you adopt as reinforcement for your industrial robotic arm meet energy efficiency requirements.
The complexity of the Platform
Some industrial robotic platforms are more sophisticated than others. As a result, they may require more technical input to configure and maintain. Before investing in a new industrial robot, you want to determine how hard to keep the system will be. Again, figure out whether the in-house technicians are qualified enough to handle the system’s maintenance and operations tasks.
Before investing in a new robot, you want to have a maintenance strategy at hand. Your strategy should incorporate both the physical robotic components and any supporting cloud or digital platforms. As you devise a maintenance plan, consider advanced industry 4.0-enabled strategies. With a suitable platform and the integration of advanced sensors, you can adopt a predictive maintenance plan. This strategy utilizes machine performance data to detect failure early.
All internet-connected devices in an organization give cybercriminals a chance to invade the facility’s network. Without proper security measures, a robotic platform can create severe cybersecurity risks. Good practices such as endpoint security and embracing industry standards to guarantee protection for your automation platform help secure the facility. Still, you want to consider domestic cybersecurity attributes and determine robots or platforms that may be more vulnerable to attacks than others.
You should clearly understand the end effector for your applications to prevent unnecessary damages on production parts. Choosing the ideal end effector reduces teaching time to facilitate proper clearance to operate the robot at optimal speed.
Consider the Role Your In-house Staff will Play
Many entrepreneurs and employees are somehow uncomfortable with the rising automation that’s happening today. However, many businesses are starting to realize that soon everything will be disrupted, and organizations that don’t change will be left behind.
According to experts, entrepreneurs who convince their employees that change is crucial often help them appreciate change. Regardless of the automation process’s complexity, businesses still need human employees who are conversant with the original procedure.
Making these considerations is the initial step towards guaranteeing the successful deployment of robotics in your facility.