Implementing robotic automation solution tips

If implemented strategically and accordingly to the company's specific needs, robotic automation can position a company for long-term improvements and success.
By Robotic Industries Association (RIA) June 30, 2017

Robotic automation has become widely popular in the industrial sector, for good reason. There are many benefits that come with robotic solutions, but getting started can seem like a daunting task. There are tons of different robotic solutions to choose from which must be weighed against individual manufacturing needs. Implementation is one of the most difficult parts of automation, but with the right strategy success is attainable.

Why use robotic automation?

The first step towards implementing robotic solutions is determining why it is smart to automate. There are plenty of reasons for automating:

  • Improving safety in the workplace
  • Maximizing productivity
  • Reducing downtime
  • Improving quality and efficiency
  • Boosting agility to respond to consumer demands
  • Product customization.

Implementing a robotic automation solution depends heavily on an initial understanding of a specific application’s needs, and what needs to be achieved by automating certain processes. This will dictate the type of automation equipment used as well as how it is deployed.

Choose the right robotic systems integrator

Manufacturers of robots typically don’t sell directly to factories in need of automation equipment. Instead, they usually sell in bulk to systems integrators, who then complete the implementation of robotic systems on the factory floor. Choosing the right systems integrator is crucial. It’s wise to align with an integrator that prioritizes safety and security—this protects the investment down the road from costly mistakes. Look for experience and industry expertise in a systems integrator. Robotic systems don’t come in a one-size-fits-all package—they need to be tailored to individual needs to maximize the benefits and to find quicker ROI. The right systems integrator will reduce the risks involved in robotic automation investments. There are plenty of places online to find highly qualified, certified integrators.

Implementation of robotic systems is difficult, but it’s key to the overall success of a system. Strategic implementation can position a company for higher productivity and profits for a long time.

This article originally appeared on Robotics Online blog. The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is a part of the Association for Advanced Automation (A3). A3 is a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Carly Marchal, content specialist, CFE Media, cmarchal@cfemedia.com.