There have been numerous misconceptions surrounding robotic integration. Some opponents opine that integration is an arduous task with others saying that extensive robotic experience, as well as an integrator, is required.
Many of these are misguided myths that inexperienced individuals are likely to believe. As much as many veterans in the industry can tell facts from fiction, there are some misplaced details that they are likely to believe.
These have everything to do with robot integration. Such details are likely to convince many people making them to unjustifiably believe that robotics is not designed for their businesses. Here are some of the most convincing details that can bar veterans from enjoying the numerous robotic benefits.
· You need an Integrator for Integration
Do businesses really have to outsource an integrator for their robot integration? While this was the case in the past, it is not necessary today. A few years ago, robot integration was a highly-skilled and complex operation requiring extensive experience in programming.
While businesses still require an integrator in certain cases, many applications do not need an external robot integrator especially in the case of collaborative robots.
· Robots can only be Beneficial for Bulk Production
This is an ancient myth originating from the outdated concept of robotics since the inaugural industrial robot was manufactured up to the early 1990s when robots were solely used for bulk production.
These were only applicable in limited industries where the environment was suitable for rigid robots. Today, robots are applicable for a large mix, minimal volume, and bulk production.
· Robotic Experience is Required for Effective Robotic Integration
Numerous individuals with zero robotic experience have been able to integrate robots with ease.
· Integration is a Long process
Contrary to popular belief, robotic integration does not have to take long. This misconception emanates from the idea that the integration of industrial robots was an intricate and tedious process. Universal Robots strives to enable customers to integrate their robots easily and fast.
· Robots Require Vision Sensors
Many people opine that just as humans require eyes to see, the industrial robot arm requires vision sensors to execute their tasks. However, this is a myth. Actually, robot vision can make integration more difficult than usual. After all, apart from fewer tasks requiring vision, integrating them is easy.
· Integration is Costly
Unlike in the past when integration was expensive, prices have been falling over the last few years. Today, integration is cheaper for both collaborative and industrial robots. With the latter, however, the integration expenses surpass the general cost of the machine by approximately 300% while for collaborative robots the costs are lower.
· Robotic Integration Requires an Adjustment of the Production Layout
Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to adopt industrial robots for fear of having to alter their workspace layout. Modern-day collaborative robots can be utilized in already existing work cells and limited environments without the need to change the entire layout.
· Integration is Intricate
Integration is no longer complex. You do not need prior experience in robotic integration to operate robots. Actually, many experts opine that it can be as easy as operating a Smartphone. Technological innovations have made the process much easier.
· Robots Require Extensive Technology
At the mention of industrial robots, many people might think of security fences, sensors, advanced fixings, and regulated add-ons. They usually associate these gadgets with extensive technology.
This could be due to getting accustomed to industrial robot videos and images complete with numerous technological features. Other than the robot, gripper, and controller, your business does not require additional technology to have the robot up and running.
Some people opine that robots can only be utilized to execute new tasks in their companies. They are unable to figure out how they can be applied in their existing manual tasks. This gives them the notion that they can only adopt automation after designing new tasks and enhancing their businesses. It is important to understand that manual tasks are ideal for automation. After determining an appropriate application, automating existing tasks becomes faster and easier as opposed to designing new applications.