How to control the biggest cost-drivers of robotic automation

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Are you holding off on robotic automation because the cost is too high and the return on investment too far off in the future? This article will demonstrate why the no-code deployment platform D:PLOY is the secret weapon that will enable you to take control of the primary cost drivers and reap the benefits of robotic automation ahead of the competition.

You know you need an edge to stay competitive as an SME manufacturer. And you know robotic automation could give you that edge. The question is: Will robotic automation give you a fast enough and big enough return on investment to make it cost-effective?

Your competitors are being held back by similar concerns. According to this 2022 report by McKinsey, securing return on investment is a major bottleneck for robotic automation across industrial sectors.

But OnRobot’s no-code integration platform, D:PLOY, has turned the tables on robotic implementation, which is why now is the time for the intelligent SME manufacturer to strike. With D:PLOY, you can control the three biggest cost drivers of robotic automation: hardware, deployment time and training, and get a head start on cost-effective factory automation. Read further to discover how. 


How to control the biggest automation cost-drivers with D:PLOY

Cost driver #1: Robotic hardware

The upfront capital expenditure on robotic equipment often represents a substantial portion of the overall expenses, and as there is no standard programming language in robotics, you must confine yourself to one robot brand for all your hardware needs or pay professional programmers a king’s ransom for system integration.


Free choice of robotic hardware brings down initial cost

While D:PLOY cannot help you negotiate a better price on your robotic hardware, the platform seamlessly integrates end effectors with a wide range of robot brands.

This means you are free to choose the robotic hardware that best suits your application and budget, regardless of brand and programming language.


Cost driver #2: Deployment

Deploying your robotic applications is another critical cost driver in robotic factory automation. The complexity of integrating disparate automation components and ensuring seamless communication and coordination among different systems can require substantial investments in engineering and system integration services. Not to mention the weeks or months you must wait for the robotic application to be up and running, earning its keep.


Up to 90 % reduction in time spent on deployment

Faster deployment of your robotic applications means fewer system integration costs and faster ROI. Our tests show that D:PLOY reduces the deployment time of a robotic application by up to 90 % compared to conventional programming.


The amount of time saved on deployment depends on the specific application:


Deploying a Palletizing application with D:PLOY:

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                                         In this test, deploying a palletizing application took a professional integrator 5 days with conventional programming, while an inexperienced user                                                       managed it in only 4 hours with D:PLOY.




Deploying a packaging application with D:PLOY:

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                                        In our test, the time spent on the first deployment of the packaging application was reduced from 2.5 days with conventional programming to 4 hours                                              with D:PLOY.




Deploying a CNC machine tending application with D:PLOY:

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                                                    With D:PLOY, you can carry out the initial deployment of a CNC machine tending application in less than a day – cutting deployment time by 83 %.



Cost-driver #3: Workforce training and upskilling

Low-volume, high-mix production requires frequent adjustments and redeployments of robotic applications, so to cost-effectively automate your production line, you need to have the skills to effectively operate and maintain the complex robotic applications in-house.

However, training and upskilling a low-skilled work force can be a significant cost driver if you are relying on conventional programming. Investments in training programs, retraining initiatives, and attracting skilled personnel can contribute significantly to overall expenses.


How D:PLOY eliminates the programming barrier

D:PLOY automatically handles most of the system integration and programming. The no-code platform has an intuitive, app-like interface which allows workers with no programming experience to successfully deploy and redeploy a robotic application in less time than it takes a professional system integrator to deploy the application with conventional programming. And if you prefer the expertise of the professionals, they, too, can deploy much faster with D:PLOY.


Our tests show that you save up to 91 % of the time spent on redeployments when using D:PLOY – with or without programming experience – compared to conventional programming. The amount of time saved depends on the application:


Redeploying a palletizing application with D:PLOY vs. conventional programming:

palletizing redeployment
          Our tests showed that an inexperienced user could redeploy a robotic palletizing application for new box sizes, pallet sizes and palletizing patterns in 1.5 hours. With                      conventional programming, the redeployment took two full working days.




Redeploying a packaging application with D:PLOY vs. conventional programming:

packaging redeployment
             In our tests, an inexperienced user could redeploy a robotic packaging application for different container sizes and patterns in just 1.5 hours compared to 1.5 days with                   conventional programming.




Redeploying a CNC machine tending application with D:PLOY vs. conventional programming:

cnc redeployment
            In this test, an inexperienced user redeployed a CNC machine tending application for new part sizes, infeed/outfeed patterns and load/unload positions in just three hours              compared to 1.5 days with conventional programming.



As demonstrated, D:PLOY enhances your control of the three biggest cost-drivers in robotic factory automation: robotic hardware, deployment and training, by:


  • giving you the freedom to choose the hardware best suited to your needs and budget, regardless of brand
  • reducing the deployment and redeployment time by up to 91 %
  • lowering the programming bar to allow workers with no programming experience and minimal training to deploy and redeploy robotic applications in a matter of hours.


In short, deploying and redeploying robotic applications has never been faster, nor more cost-effective. You know it. Your competitors will soon know of it, too.

So why are you still here?

Get that head start on automation with D:PLOY today!



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