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Justifying the Cost of a Robotic Welding System

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March 11, 2022

You might be considering automation in your production line for countless reasons, from talent shortage to increasing demand. Whatever the case, you could find it hard to justify the investment in a robotic welding system. You might not think that your company produces at a high enough volume, but you could be surprised to learn that everyday more companies of all sizes are turning to robotic welding. Here are our top reasons why this is a solid investment, along with some cost comparisons and our thoughts on both new and used equipment.

Robotic Welding System Prices

As always, the price for a robotic welding system depends almost entirely on what you need it to do. A brand new typical stand-alone robot arm that’s paired with a welding cell can cost $30,000 or more. While more powerful, versatile robots paired with a pre-engineered cell and necessary safety equipment can run closer to $50,000. Though today, with rising costs at every turn, a starting amount of $75,000 is probably a more realistic estimation. Of course costs can increase, and $175,000 isn’t an unheard of price either, especially for highly specialized or customized equipment. In the end, cost depends heavily on the options you choose and the size and capabilities of the machine.

In most cases, even brand new robotic welding systems can yield an ROI in just six months to a year. That said, used and refurbished robot systems can be up to 50% less expensive than brand new models. That reduced cost could make even more sense for your business.

Why A Robotic Welding System Is Worth It

Time spent in production is always factored into total cost, and automation is one way to reduce that number. Robotic welding typically results in more consistent, higher-quality work that doesn’t need to be redone. Team members can then be freed up for higher-level work that a robotic welding cell just can’t tackle. That natural boost in productivity and yields is just one reason why robotic welding is worth considering. Some estimates put robotic welding at anywhere from two to five times as fast as more traditional methods.

Reduced waste is another reason to opt for robots. Overwelding is a common occurrence, even among the most skilled workers. But robots will weld as they are programmed to do, even down to ultra-precise specifications. That means less filler and less time and effort spent finishing completed weld assemblies.

Less waste also means less clean-up, which leaves more time to be spent on the work at hand without the need for system downtime for extensive cleaning. Even difficult applications can be accommodated cleanly in today’s high-tech robotic welding options. Another perk is that because of the precise work that robots do, a visual inspection is often all that’s needed to quality check a part. No extensive testing results in less downtime and higher yields. Streamlining is the name of the game and robotic welding is a top way to get on top of production goals.

Depending on the model, robotic welding cells can also be programmed to handle several welds. Companies can use this to their advantage by using a flexible layout around the robot to allow it to work to its full potential and on one or several types of parts. Oftentimes robotic software allows for close tracking of various manufacturing processes, increasing accountability and enabling companies to maintain a higher standard of quality in the finished product.

All of these factors combine to create an end product that is lower cost to produce. That metric alone can result in a substantial return on investment. And that can be the deciding factor in today’s highly competitive marketplace. But don’t feel that implementing robotic welding means that you’ll be leaving loyal employees in the dust. Robotic work is often an enabler to spur on further growth and can fast-track production, passing along menial and mundane tasks and allowing skilled workers to instead take on more complex work. What’s saved on labor costs by using machines can be redirected and reinvested into the company and employees.

Used or New Welding Robots?

Both new and used robotic welding machines have their advantages and disadvantages. Cost is an obvious one, but there are other factors to consider. New machines have all the bells and whistles that come with the latest technology, but they may not integrate well into existing systems. If you’ve had your current machinery for a few years, buying used could be the better option, allowing for easier integration. And while some buyers might insist on the latest and greatest technology, used models that are only a few years old typically offer similar features.

Another factor could be that this is your first foray into using robotic welding equipment. Easing in with a lower-cost option can help you to determine if it’s the right direction for your business. And if your production schedule isn’t too high-capacity, a used robotic welding system could be all you need to take business to the next level. Used and refurbished welding robots can certainly compete with new ones, and with their often long lifespans, they’re a solid investment. So why deal with a long turnaround time for a new welding robot? Choose a readily available used model and get started on your next business endeavor today.

Allset Machinery is Cleveland’s Source for High-Quality Used Welding Robots

Automation is the way that many industries are heading. Even in situations where on-the-floor workers are key, robotic welding equipment can eliminate basic tasks and free up talent for bigger things. At Allset Machinery, we pride ourselves on offering used robotic welding equipment of all kinds to satisfy varied production needs. Our high-quality used and preowned equipment are the most affordable options for countless Cleveland businesses.

If you’re unsure where to begin or need help determining the best robotic welding model for your specific application, feel free to ask any team member for help – get in touch today!

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