You want to build a robot. But not some cute little walking robot.
The term “industrial robot” encompasses everything from robots used in manufacturing to sapper robots used in the military to defuse or destroy ordnance. Robots are used in warehouses to pick, pull and deliver items. There are robot shopping carts and baggage check robots. We’re at the base of the industrial robot mountain in terms of applications. But here’s the catch. Robotic components are expensive. They require electronics, motors, sensors, effectors (elements that can be attached to the robot), pneumatics, hydraulics, wheels, bearings, bushings…you get the picture.
There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a competent supplier of robotic components. Here is a basic checklist:
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Robotics components are inclined to very high quality manufacturing specifications, requiring modern automation and modern technology capability.
Robots or robotics products have a short life span. They’re constantly being updated and redesigned. If you’re making a new robot the valuable life span might only be three to four years. Time to market is very important, which means short lead times are crucial.
You want to be able to reach your robotics supplier when you need them. The CSR should be knowledgeable and able to answer your questions – or find someone who can. The process of making parts for robots can be long, with a lot of tweaking. You don’t want to work with a company that goes dark on you.
For more information on robotics in general, check out our recent blog post of the Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017. And let us know if you have any comments or questions in the comments section below.
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