There are several reasons why robotics OEMs choose the technologies and components they do for inclusion in their systems. In every case, the goal is to meet or exceed the specifications for the robot as conceived, engineered, and designed. However, there are cases such as robotics controls where specifications go beyond functional reality and modifications or compromises are often made.
In the end, the objective is to deliver a robot that the vendor is proud to brand, that target markets enthusiastically accept, and where product reliability and quality remain high and meet expectations without question. In short, the goal is to provide a best‐in‐class robotic system. After all, the goal of the robot supplier (or integrator in some cases) is to generate revenues and profits as originally perceived.
The question that those robot suppliers ask themselves is, “What does it take to deliver a best‐in‐class solution?” This question is seemingly innocuous, but it’s very substantial for everyone involved. This usually includes not only employees, but also partnering organizations and component suppliers.
“Best in class” doesn’t simply mean “just good enough” or “market-tolerable” but just that — the best that anything else in its category would compete against!
From the very beginning, engaging the overall team and establishing a “best‐in‐class solutions” attitude that permeates the development and commercialization process is vital to a product’s success.
Top-notch robotics controls start with teamwork
Teams should target potential customers for feedback and project robot deliveries accordingly. Those that understand their markets’ expectations and engineer robotics controls, components, and complete systems to those needs will be successful.
The suppliers to the robot manufacturers are part of the process and contribute as much as do the employees themselves. The best‐in‐class concept displaces initial cost as a decision-making consideration for the creation or purchase of materials for components, subassemblies, subsystems, or other items needed to complete an entire robot.
Other selection criteria are usually complicated, and some are made with little regard to final design. Keeping focus on the best in class removes arbitrary or random choices and aligns the design team. It also takes manufacturing into account as providers of robotics controls and components consider solutions that may not normally present themselves upon first thought.
The team members responsible for developing and selling robots should continually ask one another whether each step will deliver a best-in-class solution. In the end, this will assuredly provide the best robotic solution at costs that can meet or are below initial estimates.
Learn more at RoboBusiness 2017
At RoboBusiness on Sept. 28 and 28, my session will discuss typical industrial and commercial forms of technologies implemented in many types of robots.
My panelists will include Stan Chen, sales manager at Lithium Power Inc.; Jonathan Hurst, chief technology officer at Agility Robotics; and Josh Inman, vice president of marketing at Kollmorgen. Each has a unique perspective on why suppliers and end users need to use best-in-class robotics controls and components.
No matter the application, it’s best to have best‐in‐class robotics control systems, motion control, actuators, sensors, power and propulsion systems, grippers, and more. The market will recognize the robots whose attributes best address why they were built in the first place.
Is your robot effective, reliable, efficient, and therefore affordable by providing payback to the buyer with a significant return on investment? If not, best‐in‐class thinking was not applied.
To learn more, attend our session in Santa Clara, Calif., to hear how both component suppliers and robot builders have helped to grow companies with success. Collectively, this panel is made up of individuals who have been engaged in the robotics community for over 50 years.
From robotics controls to actuation, core technologies, and the changes they’ve brought, a best‐in‐class approach will help you deliver or use the best robots possible.
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