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Engineering360: "What Is the Real Cost of an Industrial Robot Arm?"

04/27/2017 12:00 AM

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04/28/2017 11:04 AM

What is the actual cost to build a robotic arm?

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04/29/2017 1:51 AM

I too would like to know.

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05/05/2017 8:26 PM

($22000 + $3000 + $1750 + $7000) / (40hr * 52wk/yr * 3yr) = $5.41/hr

Did the ~$4/hr figure include human overhead?

... lights/sewer/water/HVAC/furniture/liability/HR/etc?

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05/09/2017 5:34 PM

I would assume that those costs are already there, and not part of the calculation. Robots won't totally replace humans, so a company still has some built-in overhead costs no matter what.

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03/21/2018 10:05 PM

The other cost is the human cost. When the robots are in such use, humans will be unemployed. Therefore, no work, no money, not able to purchase anything. Why use robots then.? There are no people able to purchase the product, no use building anything. Not today, nor tomorrow, but down the track when will this occur.?

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04/27/2018 12:50 PM

This argument has been thrown about at every technological turning point in human history. Industrial robots have been around for decades and seem to create more jobs with better wages than they eliminate. These bots all need design, integration, programming, maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, and operators to function. They do not operate flawlessly from the day they are turned on to the end of life, nor do they operate independently.

What they do do well is repeatable performance, increase quality with consistency, and operate without breaks, sick days, vacations, etc. They also excel at the repetitive, mundane, and precision operations that humans often cannot or will not do.

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05/02/2018 10:51 AM

Agreed. Technology has been replacing tasks formerly done by humans for decades, but this doesn't mean the humans aren't needed anymore. The number of manufacturing jobs in the automotive industry has grown every year since 2009, despite the high use of robots. One other trend is the use of collaborative robots, where humans interact with robots to make a task easier, not to replace the laborer.

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