FAQ

What is industrial robotics ?
 

Industrial robotics makes it possible to automate certain tasks by integrating a robot in your production line.

A robot is supplied without additional equipment. By itself, it is not able to perform the required tasks. The job of an integrator such as Actemium is to specify, design, engineer, build and integrate the remaining equipment required to enable it to operate.

The robot arm is fitted with a tool enabling it to carry out industrial operations. The robot also has peripheral equipment (conveyors, positioning tools, detection systems, etc.) and ancillary equipment (electricity supply cabinets, robot cell supervision system, human-machine interface, etc.). The full set of this equipment makes up a robot cell.

The robot can also be integrated in a production chain or on a broader scale in a shop or plant designed for robotic operations.

Explore the various industrial robot applications

 

What can the installation of a robot in my production shop do for me?
 

By automating a number of operations in your production line, industrial robotics enables you to:

  • Improve your production capacity;
  • Become more competitive by reducing your production costs;
  • Ensure constant product quality and production process reliability;
  • Reduce the incidence of MSD and the amount of hard and unpleasant work.
 

What does a robot cost?
 

In 80% of cases, a robot has a relatively affordable cost of about €20,000 – €80,000. By itself, it cannot produce anything. It must be integrated into an industrial application to achieve its full value added. In cases in which robotisation brings a self-evident benefit, the ROI is several months. In other cases, ROI can be up to two years, depending on the industrial sector and the complexity of the application.

 

I am the head of an SME. Robotisation is not for me.
 

On the contrary: robots are suited to small production runs, in which they improve the production process and increase productivity; they are easy to maintain and enable you to keep jobs in the region. A robot has a wide range of advantages for an SME.

 

Are there different types of industrial robots?
 

Yes, of course. There is a whole range of robots: large and small, more or less powerful, more or less rapid, with more or fewer axes, with different work areas. Examples are the Cartesian coordinate robot often employed in palletisation, the polar robot used for handling and the SCARA robot used, among other things, for complex assembly.

 

Robotics is an excessively complex subject. I do not have the in-house personnel to manage a robot.
 

One of Actemium’s strengths is its network of business units. Whatever your location, an Actemium business unit is located near you to provide support during your projects. In addition, Actemium supports you from start to finish and trains your employees to operate the robot. 

 

Can a robot replace an operator in all tasks?
 

The robot assists the operator by performing repetitive, low value added or dangerous tasks. The operator is always in control. There is no point in robotising some tasks, for reasons of cost and because nothing can replace human beings in performing such tasks. No robot is as precise as the human eye or human touch, for example. The factory of the future is geared to an approach that again places human beings at the heart of the factory and enables operators to re-take control of the production tools and equipment. Cobotics is perfectly geared to this move. Robotising does not destroy jobs. Instead, it increases productivity and competitiveness, enabling companies to avoid relocating and making the work more interesting for operators.

 

I already have a special machine, why replace it with a robot?
 

The special machine is designed to meet a very specific need or cope with a very specific situation at a given point in time. If the product, production parameters or organisation changes, the machine is so specialised and specific to a given application that it can be adapted only with great difficulty. When change occurs, the special machine becomes obsolete. The robot, in contrast, is flexible. It only needs to be reconfigured to adapt to new requirements.

In addition, a robot is very reliable. To produce a standard product in a production run of thousands of units, its characteristics in terms of fatigue, wear and reliability are fully known, unlike those of a special, i.e. unique, machine designed for a specific purpose, whose characteristics (wear rate, etc.) are specific to itself and are only discovered as time goes on.

 

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