MYTH #1 - It's Too Expensive for Me
Naturally, cost is one of the first questions people ask when they’re thinking about robotic automation. And maybe you’ve heard it would cost you upward of seven figures to do it. The truth is, you can start automating your welding process for less than $100k.
How much does it cost to hire qualified welder operators, if you can find them? What additional high-skill or high-value welding could your existing welders tackle if you offloaded the redundant, simple welding tasks onto a robotic welder? What’s the labor cost of your final welded product? You might have heard the old rule of thumb that only a company with ten or more manual welding arcs should consider automation. Today, that’s no longer the case.
MYTH #2 - I Have to Run Large Volume
Sure, robotic systems are great for running high volumes of parts, but can also be a great fit for low-volume parts with a high mix and changeover as well.
For many companies, the quality, consistency, and labor savings that robotic welding can produce, even over a few hundred parts, can justify the robot’s expense.
You can also justify robotic automation by variety, not just quantity. Systems can hold hundreds or thousands of programs, making switchover simple and cost-effective.
MYTH #3 - I Won't Get Good Parts
Each part that comes off a robotic line will be as consistent as the last. That means you can reduce, or in most cases even eliminate, costly rework or finishing and feel good that everything you’re producing will meet requirements.
Another benefit of robotic welding is that it will free your human welders to move into projects that demand their skills and reduce the repetitive, part-after-part work they may be doing now. With a combination of humans and robots, you’ll create a team to do your best-quality work yet.
Robotic welding can do it faster, cheaper, and more efficiently by eliminating potential errors that humans can generate. Speed and consistency mean productivity, one of the key benefits of a robotic welding system.
MYTH #3 - Programming is Too Hard
There’s no need to hire a specialized programmer if you don’t have one; someone who’s already a skilled welder can easily apply everything they know about welding to program robots.
Advances like improved displays, icon operation buttons, and touch-screens can make robotic programming intuitive even for non-welder operators.
Programming has become easier over the years, and companies like OTC DAIHEN can set you up with the training you need to do it.