Investing in robotics as an answer to the challenges of modern industry9 September 2016
Mirs is one company that has put the spotlight on this global trend where robotic applications are becoming increasingly affordable and offer long-term savings as well as a range of benefits.
Concepts such as improved quality, increased production and efficiency are present in the day-to-day and challenges that modern industry faces. Those who are responsible for managing these notions should be aware of the solutions that the market offers for better management at all levels, and for this reason we will take a look at the challenges and/or opportunities that the heavy industry market faces and how robotics can become an ally for these challenges.
Reduction of operating costs
At a first glance, it can be pointed out that robots make it possible to reduce direct and indirect costs, which makes a dramatic difference in competitiveness. Let’s take the case of mining and its production process, which involves maintenance work, production and interference in the quality of the final product (copper cathode). Today the Chilean mining industry uses robotic solutions designed and implemented by MIRS, with almost ten years of experience and expertise at the disposal of the heavy industry.
Increasing product quality
In often extreme conditions, heavy industry and mining in particular, must focus on improving the quality of their products. This is where the robotics industry has a lot to contribute in processes that require constant precision and repeatability. These would be tasks inherent to robots meaning that a consistently high-quality finish of the products created can be achieved. The applications that MIRS has developed for this concept aim to eliminate the problems associated with fatigue, distraction and the effects of repetitive and tedious tasks.
Improved production conditions
When it is necessary to focus on improvements in production conditions, it is when the incorporation of robotics into these processes can be most effective, with the understanding that robots can be left running overnight and on weekends with little supervision, which can increase quality levels and meet deadlines committed to customers, and thus ensure an efficient coexistence between production processes and the best possible conditions giving way to new alternatives such as the possibility of programming robots off-line with rapid integration into the normal processes already established.
Improved safety and health in production
With robotic technology, working conditions for personnel involved in the heaviest and most hazardous tasks can be significantly improved. This challenge has been addressed by MIRS specialists who have developed a series of applications aimed at improving safety rates and lowering accident statistics. Thanks to the incorporation of these technologies, workers no longer have to work in dusty, hot or dangerous environments. In addition, by teaching them how to use robots, they can learn valuable programming skills and do work that is more stimulating and challenging.
Collaborate with heavy labor and give continuity to the operation.
Robots can easily take on unpleasant and health-threatening tasks that are currently performed by manual workers. By using robots, the likelihood of accidents caused by contact with machine tools or other potentially dangerous production machinery can be reduced, providing safety in terms of continuity of productive work. Another important factor to consider in this area is the high precision demanded today by industrial processes, where the highest levels of skill and training are required. In this scenario, and in the face of the availability of highly skilled manual workers becoming increasingly difficult to find and more expensive to employ, robots can provide an ideal alternative.
Finally, as discussed in this article, robots are increasingly affordable and offer long-term savings, as well as several benefits, including improved quality, increased production, efficiency, improved health and safety. Robotic automation presents itself as an increasingly attractive option for companies looking for ways to balance greater competitiveness in the face of increasingly technologized markets and seeking to optimize their production processes.