Robots are no longer the stuff of science fiction books and movies. They have become integrated into every facet of our lives – from picking and packing boxes in a warehouse to working on space stations.
While they may seem like a huge investment, robots can be found in small to midsize businesses across the country. Unlike humans, robots won’t get tired, require salaries or benefits, and never call in sick – or require training.
Having robots on an automated line or serving another role in an operation can speed up production while reducing error. This application allows industries to use their personnel wisely, by placing them in positions that a robot can’t fill.
Robots aren’t perfect, and over time their electronic components can begin to show signs of malfunction. While internal components and overall design contribute to their durability and dependability, robots still require maintenance and electronic parts replacement over time.
What to Look For:
Robots are machines, so signs that they’re beginning to fail are similar to those you see with other machinery.
Robots are programmed to perform their jobs on a consistent and accurate basis. In some cases internal electronic components that help control sensors and motors can be damaged and affect the machine’s ability to properly do its job. If you or your team are seeing inaccurate results from a unit, there could be an internal electronic component that’s become damaged.(more…)