Robot technology has tremendously evolved and improved in the last decade. That means that users now have a wide variety of options to choose from. Adopting robotics in your company can boost speed, accuracy, and efficiency incredibly, but it comes at a cost.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can get the most out of this technology.
Ignoring inertia requirements
During the manufacture of robots, manufacturers use inertial simulations to determine the inertias of the loads that the robot will handle. In application, some operators underestimate or ignore the inertia forces that payloads generate.
This may lead to overloading the robot axis, which can destroy the robot. A simple solution to this mistake is reducing the payload or the speed of the robot.
Overtasking the robot
Robots have an awesome capacity to handle tasks, and it is often very tempting to overtask the robot. Should you do that, you could end up with problems with the work cell. Trying to troubleshoot the problem without the necessary skills may make things even worse.
That slows down the cycle time, which may be the top reason you bought the robot in the first place. Always be careful not to increase the scope of the work beyond your robot’s capability.
Confusing accuracy with repeatability
Most buyers looking for a robot do not clearly understand the difference between accuracy and repeatability. A mechanic that is accurate can be repeatable. However, a repeatable mechanic is not necessarily accurate.
You want to be sure that the robot can move precisely to a recalculated position within a work envelope, and that it can do so repeatedly.
Using robotics in your firm could just be the boost your business needs to move to the next level. By avoiding common robot application mistakes, you can make a wise investment and reap massively from this revolutionary technology.