Industrial robotic systems are slowly and steadily increasing in presence throughout the industrial world as they prove to be more accurate, practical, and excellent tools for saving both time and money. Industrial robotic use can be traced back to 1954 where George Charles Devol, a USA born engineer, first introduced the idea to manufacturers to great success. As of the 21st century, industrial robots are a normal sight in modern workshops and have been developed for the applications of welding, painting, packaging, heavy lifting, assembly and disassembly of products and more.
In the following article we shall cover some of the basics regarding how the general industrial robot functions, their purposes, along with some recommended Surplus Record tips and tricks to assist with the purchasing of used/new industrial robots for sale on our platform. We shall also include some notes that a buyer should be aware of when on the lookout for used industrial robots for sale.
What is an Industrial Robot?
By definition, an industrial robot is an automated system that has been designed for the manufacture of products within industrial environments. Depending on the model, an industrial robot will have 3 or more axes (points of movement) which allows for great freedom of movement. The range of robotic systems are often reprogrammable, meaning that new programs (tasks that the operator wishes to achieve) can be developed remotely and uploaded to suit a range of different tasks. A program developed will always be designed with the robots’ functional capabilities in mind.
On the Surplus Record catalog one can view:
- Used robots for sale
- Used industrial robots for sale
- Remanufactured robots for sale
- Welding cells for sale
- Welding robots for sale
How do Industrial Robots function?
An industrial robot closely resembles a human arm, and has the equivalent to a wrist, elbow and shoulder. The number of axes that an industrial robot has (which can be 3 or more) will determine the amount of freedom that the robot possesses with its movement. For example, if a robot has 6 joints, then the robot can pivot at 6 different points across the length of the arm. Each joint that makes up an industrial robot’s arm is powered by an individual step-motor, which allows for flexible application with high repetitional capabilities, perfect for the industrial world and the manufacturing of products.
As mentioned, for an industrial robot to understand what movements it needs to make to complete a task, an engineer must design and enter a program of codes that instructs the robot on what movements and tasks it needs to make. This process is highly accurate and efficient for production environments.
Uses and Applications
The Industrial Robot is an extremely useful piece of machinery that has a wide range of applications. The industries which predominantly utilize industrial robots are generally based around the manufacturing of products, such as electronics, tooling, machine parts and more. Uses or applications are wide, but can also include:
- Assembly and the dispensation of products
- Machining and cutting
- Soldering and welding
- Lifting, handling and picking
- Casting and molding
- Sanding and finishing
- Cleaning and hygiene processing
- Agriculture harvesting and processing
- Quality control and management / inspecting
- Welding Cells: Surplus Records dealers supply plentiful industrial robots categorized as welding cells. The welding cells for sale in our catalog are robots that are designed to function within a contained cell (cage/box) and to complete a range of welding processes for specific products to certain sizes. They are highly productive machines and can assist with welding productional capabilities by a large threshold. View our available welding robots for sale for more information and the available contacts of our dealers.
Important Considerations Before Buying Industrial Robots
Perhaps one of the most important steps to consider when viewing a used industrial robot for sale is the machine’s operational capabilities. This is a crucial step as most robots are designed for specific and unique tasks, therefore, it would be unwise to randomly purchase a robot before understanding what it was designed to do and if it functions as you desire.
Mistakes occur within any industry. It is obvious however, that when working with heavy machinery such as an industrial robot, that the mistake can induce fatal consequences. Different robots include more specialized or unique safety systems than others, therefore it is recommended that you explore all of these options prior to purchase in order to ensure that they match your company’s or personal safety requirements.
As mentioned, industrial robots generally possess 3 or more pivot points of movement. This is easily viewed on Surplus Record listings, and it is recommended to explore the different capabilities in comparison to the amount of axis that the robot contains.
History of the Equipment
When purchasing used industrial robots, understanding the history of the machine is an important purchasing step. By posing questions to the previous owner such as: “How often was the machine serviced?” and “What steps were taken to maintain its functional standards and integrity?” could save you a lot of time and money in the future via the prevention of purchasing an abused robot.
Surplus Record: Tips and Tricks
To assist you further when searching for used industrial robots for sale on our platform, we have attached our best tips and tricks to use when navigating.
- Make use of our Location Settings: At the top of the page, when on the list for your desired piece of equipment/machinery, enter your desired location and you’ll be taken directly to what we have available in your area.
- Looking for an Auction? On the listing page, select the blue checkbox on your right which says “Auction” and you’ll be taken to our available products for sale via auction.
- On a Budget? Select the toggle “Sort by Relevance” and then click “Price low to high” to view our cheapest to most expensive products for sale.
- Don’t forget the Search Bar: Already know what you are looking for? Utilize our search tab at the top of your page to find specific listings out of hundreds available.
Quick Access: Industrial Robot Dealers
Quick Access: Dealers that Specialize in Robots
Quick Access: Industrial Robot Manufacturers
Our top manufactures available at Surplus Record for used Industrial Robots include:
Need More Help? Or further information about Industrial Robots? Head on over to the “Wanteds” section of our website and select “Buy” at the top and “General Equipment ” for the industry. Fill out the form and a dealer that specializes in robots will get back to you ASAP. It’s free to do, and our dealers are happy to help!