Robotic integration is a crucial aspect of automation. The success of the entire process relies on the integration of robotic systems. The success or failure of automated systems, including their ability to meet return on investment (ROI) and productivity goals, depends on the integration process. This makes it vital to select a knowledgeable and reputed integrator with a proven record of success.
WHAT ARE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION INTEGRATION?
Robotic integration utilizes robotic systems in strategic areas in order to carry out automated tasks. Robotic systems integrators analyze a company’s manufacturing, material handling, shipping or inspection lines to single out areas that can be improved and accordingly install the automation technology in the selected areas.
Industrial Robotic Integration: The 6 Steps for a Successful Integration
To simplify this process further for companies, we have outlined 6 general steps an integrator would take for successful robotic integration in your company:
- Define success quantitatively. Without measuring quantitative throughout, ROI or productivity values, it will be very difficult to understand if the integration was a success. The integrator will also enable the company to set ambitious yet realistic goals.
- Analysis of documentation. Any decent integrator will inquire, early in the process, for 3D models, material specification and notes, machine manual etc. This is a crucial element for developing a robotic automation system and the integrator must be heavily involved in this step.
- Virtual proof of concept. Once the parts are analyzed and the automation system formulated, the integrator must show proof of concept by conducting virtual demonstrations. Ideally, these should also function as offline programming for all systems.
- When the concept is proven and approved, the integrator must develop, install and run tests on all automation systems. They must show proper functioning prior to the completion of the installation.
- Integration does not finish after the robot installation. In several cases, personnel needs to be trained regarding operating the robot safely and the way it can be optimized to improve productivity. A good integrator will oversee this training.
- After training and system installation, a good robot integrator will offer support 24/7 via calls for any maintenance or technical issues, along with addressing any reintegration or system documentation requirements.
The six steps mentioned above are essential for successful robot integration that will generate ROI and productivity increases immediately after robotic and automation systems are installed.