Bending robot and automation are the investment choices of many companies to improve production quality, improve the working environment and make up for the shortage of workers.
Many people think that buying robots is mainly to replace workers, but in fact, we rarely see cases where buying robots leads to layoffs.
The prejudice we get about robots from the media is that the main job of robots is to replace human workers.
In fact, most companies are not. More is to let the workers change from the first line to the second line, which has become the function of supervising the work of robots, and deal with them when the machine encounters faults.
Here are the 8 most common reasons for purchasing bending robots for automatic upgrading. Let’s have a look!
1. Improve productivity
After working with bending robots, companies can usually increase production at the same cost as before.
However, this does not mean that these labors are redundant. Robots are usually assigned to the most repetitive tasks, and employees have time to focus on tasks that add more value to the product.
2. Improve production rhythm
Many companies invest in robots to optimize task execution and reduce production time.
This is particularly important when customers expect a shorter time from order to delivery.
Robots usually work uninterrupted, and in some cases even faster than employees, as long as the task is simple, such as bending metal plates or packaging and palletizing final products.
Once the speed of each process increases, the rest of the production must keep up.
The total production time will be reduced only when the automation process eliminates the bottleneck or increases the speed of all processes before and after the robot.
Many companies still ignore this when investing in robotics and automation solutions.
If the completed unit must wait a few minutes to be received by the next process, it makes little sense to save a few seconds by automatically executing the process.
3. Improve bending quality
In many cases, robots can produce a more consistent result compared to different employee shifts.
Robots are programmed to repeat exactly the same actions, so many companies use robots to improve product quality.
This does not mean that robots are more like craftsmen than humans.
Usually, it is difficult for them to complete complex tasks, which require particularly good technology.
But in cases where you have to repeat a simple task many times, industrial robots may provide more uniform results.
4. Improve working conditions
Assembly line production is a great invention. It makes the mode of production more efficient than before.
However, all these efficiencies have a warning: workers face a lot of repetitive work and often tired work.
Some companies try to solve this problem by requiring employees to rotate at certain intervals between different tasks, so that they don’t have to repeat the same heavy actions too many times.
For many people, robotics and automation are the next step, a solution to reduce the burden on employees and improve working conditions.
For example, in a dangerous working environment, the robot is a wise choice. But usually, this is just to take over the monotonous work and let people do more meaningful work.
5. Gain experience in robots
Once we try something new, a success story is always exciting at the beginning.
The first purchase of robot bending automation is the same. We can see that more and more companies choose to start with low-risk projects when buying the first robot.
In this case, the bending robot may not be able to improve production efficiency immediately. The main purpose is to get familiar with this technology and cultivate people’s skills in using such equipment.
Once the company has invested a lot of money in industrial robots, this experience will be put to use.
If senior managers have a strategic goal of automatic upgrading, it is very correct to start from a low starting point and then build from there.
6. Strike first to gain the initiative
In fact, most enterprises buy robots to improve production efficiency. However, in a few cases, enterprises will also strategically use robots to gain first mover advantage.
The reason why these enterprises choose to invest in high-risk development projects is that they are making a thoughtful game and hope to become the first enterprise in the market to benefit from cutting-edge automation solutions.
However, being a pioneer is risky. This is why few enterprises can afford it. Only those enterprises that can tolerate project failure and higher cost than expected can afford it.
On the other hand, in some industries, such as the agricultural pharmaceutical industry, it is necessary to become a pioneer.
If the industry is strictly regulated, the new solution may take several years to be approved.
If we limit ourselves to ready-made technologies, we may lose their meaning when we get approval.
A development project is more likely to be up-to-date after approval.
Finally, advanced industrial robot solutions also have some decorative purposes that can not be ignored.
The production site full of industrial robots has a stronger visual impact and is easier to win the trust of customers.
They are the symbol of good operation and effective production of enterprises.
7. Make up for labor shortage
Not all enterprises can keep up with demand. The shortage of workers may be a real obstacle to the development of enterprises.
This is why industrial robots and automation upgrade solutions are sought after by enterprises that find it difficult to find qualified workers.
When specific working conditions such as welding, palletizing, bending, advanced assembly or quality control are involved, it may be very difficult to find people with appropriate skills and experience.
Therefore, the welding robot carefully debugged by skilled welders can be used to improve its production capacity several times.
The welder can do whatever the robot is asked to do, and its advantage is that it can execute instructions accurately.
In this way, the company can use its internal expertise to improve its production capacity.
8. Reject outsourcing
If you can’t make ends meet, outsourcing production lines to low-income countries is usually a good choice.
But there is another way: by upgrading and optimizing production processes and purchasing robot automation equipment, some enterprises may delay or even avoid outsourcing to other countries.
This can make the production more compact and can respond quickly to unforeseen events. Automated production can reduce some outsourcing-related pressures, such as freight, travel expenses, delayed delivery and so on.
In addition, by avoiding outsourcing, enterprises are not vulnerable to wage increases, labor shortages and other unforeseen factors in outsourcing destinations.