Robots have revolutionized the manufacturing industry. Tasks are now automated, and the results in production are consistent with the use of this modern technology. To keep robots operating as efficiently as possible, follow our tips for maintaining robots in the manufacturing industry. Although robots aren’t all that’s needed to run a successful manufacturing company, they are an integral part.
Check for Brake Operation
Robots operate with one of two different brake operations: spring-engaged or permanent magnet-engaged. Both work well at controlling a robot’s motions and timing, and both require checkups and maintenance for continued accuracy and performance.
Many parts of a robot need lubrication with oil, grease, or both. Without it, parts begin to grind together, causing unnecessary damage and wear. Make lubrication part of your robots’ regularly scheduled maintenance. Always use the recommended lubrication from the robot manufacturer.
Tighten Screw, Nuts, and Bolts
Every day, the small parts that keep robotics going, such as the nuts, screws, and bolts, need observation, tightening, and replacement as needed.
Ball screws are common in robots as they enable motion control. It’s essential to know when to repair or replace the ball screw. Because they are so important and expensive to replace, take extra care by regularly servicing them. Your ball screw manufacturer may offer this service and can tell you when repair is needed.
Watch the Robot Operate
One of the most important tips for maintaining robots in the manufacturing industry is to inspect the robot while it’s doing its job. This is the best way to see if everything is operating correctly and functioning at full capacity. Keep the following thoughts in mind when inspecting the robot in motion:
- Are there any strange noises? Unusual sounds are a good indicator of a problem.
- Is the movement of the robot rigid, shaky, or off-balance?
- Use your sense of smell to notice odd odors, especially a burning smell. This is sometimes caused by a lack of lubrication.
Thanks to robotics, the manufacturing industry has streamlined in many ways. Tasks that once failed often due to human error are now completed quickly and efficiently. Keep your robots well-maintained and your manufacturing company highly productive.