Cost of installation: This varies from project to project, but both components and setup have been thoroughly tested to avoid any surprises. An experienced automation engineer will have your palletizing robot up and running after just one day!
Cost of operation
- It is recommended that UR robots undergo an annual maintenance service. This requires only a few working hours by a technician.
- The foam on a vacuum gripper will need some changing from time to time, but this is relatively inexpensive.
- Energy use: a UR-10 robot demands about 0,35 kW/h while it is running, so it is fairly energy efficient!
Future hiring costs
It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit people to do repetitive tasks such as palletizing. This trend will most likely continue for the foreseeable future. By investing in a palletizing robot, you will minimize the need to hire for a task less and less people want to perform.
Less risk for strain injuries
A palletizing robot removes a strenuous work task for the employees. It could literally remove tons of lifting for a worker during his or her shift. As a result, the risk of strain injuries will decrease, and the worker can perform other, more valuable tasks. For many, this also means that they can stay longer in the job since the physical strain is minimized while job satisfaction is improved.
When calculating your ROI, it is important to include the long term value satisfied employees can have for your business.