Are You Robot Ready?

FIVE steps to take before requesting a quote.

Determine the WHY Before Jumping to the HOW

First answer these questions:

  • How do you know you really need a robot?
  • Is the target task necessarily the right thing to automate? Look upstream and downstream.
  • Can multiple tasks be combined into a single robotic solution?

5 Steps to Robot Implementation Success

STEP 1: GET COMPANY-WIDE SUPPORT

Talk with everyone impacted by a robot:

  • Senior managers and Plant managers
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Maintenance and IT
  • Safety managers and Shop floor staff
  • Human resources

Educate them about robotic automation:

  • Robots have a short return on investment
  • Robots can open opportunities for the company
  • Robots do not replace shop workers
STEP 2: DEFINE SUCCESS

Come to a consensus on what would make the project successful:

  • Increased production?
  • Lower cost per part?
  • Reduced risk of personal injury?
  • Short ROI

Quantify these objectives (for example):

  • Increase production by 20%
  • Reduce the price per part by $0.10
  • Limit the number of personal injuries on the production floor to no more than 3 per year.
  • Get a full return on investment in less than 24 months
STEP 3: DEFINE FAILURE

Come to a consensus on what would make the project a failure.

  • Not fully supported by the entire organization
  • Does not meet criteria for success
  • Negatively impacts quality

For example:
– If the operator has to intervene more than one time per shift outside of load/unload
– If parts get stuck together

STEP 4: PREPARE THE TIMELINE & BUDGET

Timeline

  • Do you have a specific date for implementation to be completed?
  • Can your team realistically meet all deadlines?
  • When can you schedule time for disruption on the shop floor during installation?

Budget

  • Evaluate costs
  • Estimate cost savings
  • Forecast sales potential
STEP 5: GATHER INFORMATION

Technical information

  • Models & drawings
  • 2D part prints with tolerances
  • Material specs and notes
  • Work definition
  • Machine and fixture descriptions
  • Machine manuals
  • Pictures and videos

Non-technical information

  • TAKT time
  • Process cycle times
  • Annual volumes

Having all the right information ready will make robotic installation faster and easier. To make a proper recommendation and cost estimate, an integrator will need some data: 3D part models; 2D part prints with tolerances, material specs and notes; work definition; machine and fixture descriptions, machine manuals, models and drawings; and pictures and videos that really tell the story.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT INTEGRATOR

  • Experienced in your application
  • Can provide real-life success examples
  • Are vetted, certified integrators

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