Finding the Right Robotic Process Automation Partner

Finding the Right Robotic Process Automation Partner
Finding the Right Robotic Process Automation Partner

Increased demand for precision, reliability, repeatability and speed have been driving the demand for automation and robotics in many manufacturing sectors in recent years. Manufacturers across multiple verticals have been seeking various automation solutions to decrease costs and maintain competitive advantage. Then came a novel coronavirus, workplace disruptions around the globe, and the need to operate in new ways. So, manufacturers are increasingly seeking out skilled partners to help them automate, adapt and succeed.

Engineering product and services providers—particularly those with partners of their own—help manufacturers realize the benefits of robotic applications. Whether the application is pouching in a food & beverage plant, robotic inventory management, pick and place, or small device assembly, companies are turning to such partners to help automate the many labor-intensive transactional tasks within their facilities.

Businesses have been forced to rapidly consider new means for producing products amid the virus pandemic which has forced many industries to shutter their production while manufacturing labor has been sent home to quarantine. Pandemic mitigation strategies, such as home quarantine of ill or exposed persons, have heightened awareness that robot technology can replace human assembly of mission critical products.

Benefits are being recognized, drawbacks are being articulated, and new ways of working are being invented. Hardware and software solutions bringing together robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence and cloud-based computation are available. Companies that had plans to implement robotics into their future factory automation initiatives are now expediting those implementations.

Manufacturers of robots, and the system integration specialists who support those deployments, are experiencing customer requests for delivery that are driving the most aggressive lead times the industry has ever experienced.

The challenges the industry faces include a lack of engineering talent required to deploy this technology, as well as few with prior robotic system experience.  At the same time, the pool of experienced engineers required to implement complex solutions has shrunk, with those proficient in simulation and robotic device programming, as well as familiar with standardization of protocols, becoming harder to find. That’s where good partners can help.

Unlike most other automation distributors, iAutomation has three business units that each add different value, creating a full turnkey, one-stop shopping experience for machine builders and manufacturers. In addition to motion control and robotics product distribution, the Integrated Services group provides full system integration capabilities and panel design, while the Packaged Solutions group handles custom assembly and machine fabrication needs. Combining these capabilities helps machine builders and manufacturing end users consolidate purchasing, reduce cost and accelerate time to market.

iA provides state of the art solutions in automation and motion control in part by affiliating with technological leaders. iA is exclusive distributor for B&R Industrial Automation from Maine to Florida, carrying products from ABB, Festo, Tolomatic, Balluff, Advanced Motion Controls, Bimba and Kollmorgen. To learn more about the iA MVP Program, click here.

Scott Riggi, General Manager, Product Solutions for iAutomationWe are extremely fortunate to be partnered with an industry leader like ABB Industrial Automation Group and its subsidiary, B&R Industrial Automation, as a premier distributor for the ABB portfolio of Motor Drives and Robots. ABB is on the forefront of technology, known for delivering an extensive portfolio of products characterized by quality, precision and value that today solve industrial problems from the simplest to the most complex.

iAutomation is unique in its ability to not only bring product distribution to the market, representing many global industry leaders, but we can also help clients engineer and integrate turn-key solutions using those same components for true “one-stop shopping.” Extensive engineering and applications knowledge means iA can be the partner manufacturers need.

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Scott Riggi is General Manager, Product Solutions for iAutomation (www.i-automation.com), a U.S.-based distributor and systems integrator of industrial automation and motion control products. Get a quote at pricing@i-automation.com.

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