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There are many different types of robots depending on their function, the company that makes them, their programming, and more. When you are looking for a robot to add to your company, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one for the job.

iGAM’s guide will help you learn the ins-and-outs of manufacturing robots so you can pick the best one for your business.

1. Applications

What application are you looking for your robot to use? Applications range from arc welding, assembly, material handling, machine tending, material removal, cleaning/spraying, to dispensing and packing. Your project should have a clear understanding of the robot’s purpose, and when researching for a robot, you should first consider if the robot has the applications you need to get the job done.

2. Standalone Unit vs. Work Cell

Standalone robots are composed of a single arm. They can be placed anywhere as they take up minimal space compared to work cell robots. If you are looking for a robot that can perform a single task on a simple project, then a standalone robot would be your best option.

Work cell robots consist of one or more robot arms in a steel frame. They can be programmed for multiple operations. They take up more space than standalone robots and are less flexible in their placement, but they work cohesively as a single unit for complicated projects.

3. Axes

Now you need to determine the degree of freedom your robot needs. Depending on the application, your robot might need more freedom to move. Most robots range from 3 to 7 axis, 7 having the most freedom to turn, swivel, and move through the X-Y-Z axis.

4. Environment

What kind of environment will your robot be in? Will it be a small, confined space or a large warehouse with plenty of room between robots? Will your robot be exposed to dirt and particles or is the environment clean? Depending on the application and axes of your robot, you want to ensure that the robot will be able to work properly in the environment it is working.

5. Warranty

Does the robot have a warranty? You will want to consider buying a robot with a warranty in case you run into any technical troubles. A warranty will save you time and money in your manufacturing business. For example, iGAM’s MRO 20-Month Warranty Coverage provides the peace of mind you need when buying a robot for your business.

6. Load, Reach, and Repeatability

How much of a load will your robot need to carry, and how far will it need to reach in order to successfully complete the job? Robots differ in their load and reach capabilities, so it is important to read the specs to determine if a robot will be right for you. You will also want to ensure that your robot of choice has a high level of repeatability. If it isn’t consistent in reaching to its specified point in the job, then you may want to look for another robot to ensure you get the best product possible.

7. Price

Finally, your price point must be at the forefront of your purchasing decision. It is possible to find the right robot for your business without busting the bank. In fact, used and refurbished robots provide the same quality of work without the brand-new price tag.

Final Considerations

Buying a robot requires research, and you need to know exactly what kind of job your robot will do. Following the steps listed above, you will find the perfect robot for the job.

Take a look at iGAM’s inventory to see if we have the right robot for you. Our inventory consists of _____ of used and refurbished robots at a friendly price point and come with a 20-Month Warranty Coverage to let you know you made the right decision.


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