Do my plant maintenance personnel have the proper training to service my robot?There’s nothing wrong with tasking your maintenance team with servicing your plant’s robots, but it’s critical that your maintenance staff have the training to do the job correctly. When you own a robot, it’s important to set your technicians up for success. Your technicians should, for example, learn: why to check servo hours; how often they need to change a robot’s batteries (hint: from three to five years) and grease a robotic arm (every 6,000 hours); and how often they should clean the controller heat exchanger. Supplement training with maintenance software that technicians use for preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs.
Are we fully prepared for scheduled robot maintenance?
Research parts, lead times and technician availability well in advance. Time slots for technicians to visit during July and Christmas shutdowns can fill up six to eight months in advance. Make sure the parts you need will be on-site before starting maintenance and assume your robot arm will be unavailable for use between six and fourteen hours, depending on the complexity of the job.
Is our maintenance plan working to its full potential?
Work closely with your Regional Technical Manger to make sure your maintenance plans are in line with manufacturer recommendations. Your plan should include regular maintenance and audits of robot cells. Fixing it when it breaks is not a plan. Programming optimization can also minimize excess robot motion and cycle time. Every second of time removed from a cycle compounds by a factor of how many cycles per day. And if you need help, remember that nobody knows the inside of our robots better than we do.