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Online calculator shows SMEs how much robots can save

20 March, 2014

ABB Robotics UK has launched an online calculator to help smaller manufacturers (SMEs) to discover the cost and productivity benefits that can be achieved by using industrial robots. The calculator demonstrates how companies can often recoup their outlay on robots within two years through enhanced levels of performance and competitiveness.

The calculator allows users to determine whether they could cut their costs by automating their processes with robots. They can choose from various industrial applications including arc welding, machine tending, plastic injection moulding, picking, packing and palletising.

The calculator is the latest step in ABB’s drive to encourage UK manufacturers to adopt robotic technology.

“The UK manufacturing sector is currently performing at a rate not seen for many years, with UK companies increasing output and winning new orders,” says Mike Wilson, general industry sales and marketing manager for ABB Robotics in the UK. “The calculator helps to show these companies – particularly SMEs – how an investment in robotic automation can help them to transform their competitiveness by offering real benefits, including increased productivity, reduced wastage and enhanced profitability.

ABB's online calculator works out the return-on-investment of installing industrial robots

“Despite all the evidence to the contrary, many UK businesses still believe that robots are prohibitively expensive to purchase and operate,” he adds. “Our ROI calculator shows how robotic technology can actually deliver long-term consistent performance with minimal overheads, helping companies to better predict factors, such as cost of production, turnaround times, output levels and product quality.”

As an alternative to buying a new robot, ABB is offering manufacturers tailored leasing options. It is also offering them a free half-day visit by an ABB engineer who will look for areas where robots could help them to boost their productivity and efficiency. For more information, email or call 01908 350300.

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