A variety of applications may benefit from the use of robot system integrators. The integration process entails programming and equipping industrial robots to perform automated manufacturing tasks. A robot integrator is a company that works to understand customers’ robotic system requirements, develop automation plans, and put those plans into action.
Functions and Benefits of Robotic System Integrators
Robotic systems integrators offer many advantages through the tasks they can perform. A reliable integrator will be able to:
- Conduct a study on the feasibility of a project
- Provide tips to help increase cost-effectiveness
- Select the appropriate tooling, work cells, and robots for a particular application
- Train operators on programming robotics and work cells to facilitate automation
- Assist with the integration of the robot system into the facility
Ultimately, robot integrators will be able to provide complete packages and improve automation for a wide range of facilities. As a result, companies see several key benefits of integrating robotics into production lines and other systems. Specific advantages include:
- Improved accuracy, consistency, and repeatability
- More efficient production
- Reduced production and labor costs
- Improved quality and cycle times
Some industries that benefit from working with robot integrators include companies in the automotive, consumer goods, appliances, eCommerce, and medical industries, among others.
Industrial Robotics vs. Collaborative Robotics
Depending on the needs of each application, there are two types of robotic systems available to integrate into different facilities.
Industrial robotic systems are designed to perform repetitive tasks in a variety of industrial facilities. Industrial robotics can consist of multi-axis robotic arms, automated cells, automated guide vehicles, or conveyance. Today, these systems are highly scalable and flexible to meet the specific needs of various applications. Operators can also easily reprogram these systems in the event of increased demand, product changes, or seasonal changes. This combined accuracy, flexibility, and scalability makes industrial robotics ideal for use in worldwide production lines of low to high volume.
Some of the applications for industrial robotic systems include:
- Material handling
- Testing and inspection
In collaborative robotics integration, integrators install robots and other technology to improve automation to complement employee efforts, as opposed to replacing them. Collaborative robots, or cobots, present certain potential difficulties when integrating them alongside employees. For example, employees may need training around proper safety measures when working near robotic arms to minimize the risk of injury. This is why it’s important for companies to work with integrators that have sufficient experience in consulting and planning to successfully integrate these systems.
Both industrial and collaborative robotics can be beneficial depending on the application, making it important to select the right system with the help of an experienced robot integrator.
Automate Your Facility with the Help of Advanced Manufacturing Development
At AMD, we can help you automate operations using turnkey and build-to-print assembly solutions based on each of our customers’ needs. Our internationally located engineers can conduct consultations, develop proofs of concept, and integrate third-party machinery to provide the automation you need for improved efficiency and lower production costs.
If you would like to learn more about AMD’s capabilities and get started on a custom robotics integration solution for your facility, contact us today and we’ll connect you with one of our experts.
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