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How Long Will Your Investment Serve You?

When investing in your business, you’ll want to know how long your investment will serve you. It means that if you’re investing in a machine like a robot palletiser, you should know its lifespan. This will tell you if the robot palletiser won't be able to keep up with high demand or if it will need frequent maintenance. It will also tell you when you can expect to replace or upgrade it. Here's what factors can impact a robot palletiser's lifespan and what you need to consider before purchasing one.

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What Is The Workrate And Capacity Of The Average Palletizer?

The average robot palletiser will offer you at least 10 years of reliable usage. This means that in a typical application cycle, it will run between 80,000 and 100,000 hours without failing — making it faster and more productive than a conventional palletiser. Modern robot palletisers reduce the loads placed on their motors and reducers and their arms are lighter and stronger.

As time passes and technology advances, robot palletisers will become even more refined and reliable. Provided your palletiser is properly installed, operates within its parameters and sticks to its maintenance schedule, you can look forward to a long operation period.

You’ll also cut your operating costs by eliminating the cost of hiring workers you’d normally have manually packing or operating the machine and you’ll also be able to operate the palletiser 24/7 without breaks. 

Here’s how you can further extend its lifespan...

1.  Stick To Your Palletiser’s Limits

When selecting a robot palletiser, you should pick one that doesn’t under-serve your needs. This means you should have a good idea of the weight range of each packaged product and how many packages must be filled hourly. You’ll also need to consider inertia.

This means that certain weights might be within your machine’s capacity but place a larger movement load on it by being extra long, wide or deep.

When this happens it can cause the motor to oscillate, impacting the accuracy of its motion. You can prevent this by selecting a palletiser that accounts for inertia as it operates.

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2.  Limit Unnecessary Movements

Your robot palletiser will move quicker and experience less wear and tear if you optimise its movements. Positioning your robot as close as possible to its pick up and drop off points will reduce its motion.

Even just a few extra inches back and forth can amount to thousands of feet over time.Eliminating this unnecessary motion will reduce the strain placed on the robot palletiser’s drives, gears and motors.

Keeping your pallet sizes in line with your robot’s range of motion is also important as pallets that are too tall will also result in additional movements from your palletiser.

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What Will It Cost To Replace My Robot Palletiser?

As mentioned, how you treat your robot palletiser will impact its lifespan. The easiest and most effective way to extend it is by entrusting the team that sold you the palletiser with its routine maintenance.

They’ll be able to source any original parts required and use the required tools and expertise to keep it running as it should. Webster Griffin are adept in providing businesses with robot palletisers and can assist you with sourcing and maintaining one for years to come so contact our team today.

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