The Typical Life of a Robotic System

Automation 101 explained at Automate 2019

During a presentation at Automate 2019 called “Automation 101,” Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies described the nine phases in a robot’s life:

1. Specification. This is when the user determines what sort of robot is
needed for a particular task.

2. Design. The choice of the type and design of a robot. This step
includes a bill of materials as well as selection of design and

3. Simulation. A “virtual commissioning.” The specifier tries out robot
designs in a computer simulation. This makes it easy to find problems
before a robot system has been physically installed.

4. Build and assembly. This is when custom and manufactured parts are
put together off-site.

5. Debug. The process is tested before installation onsite. Problems are
detected and corrected.

6. Installation. The robot system is set up at its new home, onsite.

7. Production phase. The period of the robot system’s actual use. This
is the longest phase of a robot’s life.

8. Recommissioning. New tools and components may be installed over the
course of the robot’s production phase.

9. Decommissioning. When the system is taken out of service. It might
have aftermarket value, or it might be donated to a local school to
educate the next generation.

—Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

More coverage of the Automate 2019 show can be found in our May and June 2019 issues.

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