True RaaS encourages manufacturers to view automation as an operating expense, similar to labor costs, rather than a capital investment. With this unique approach, manufacturers can save between 40 and 50 percent on labor costs, pay nothing up front, and see ROI from the moment their robot starts working.
A true RaaS provider always looks for the most efficient, least costly solution to automating a given task. Because RaaS companies are invested in ensuring their customers get maximum utilization out of their robots, flexibility in this context means more than quickly adapting and training a robot on a single task. A true RaaS eliminates one-trick robotic ponies and works with manufacturers to provide an automated workforce that can be adjusted in response to product demand, customer needs, seasonality and more.
Smart Setup, only available with Rapid Robotics, ensures that every robot can adapt to and scale with a high mix manufacturer’s changing needs. With Smart Setup, Rapid can pretrain the robot on multiple tasks so anyone can move it between jobs in a matter of seconds, with no programming or robotics expertise needed.
4. Streamlined deployment
Many robotics deployments can take up to a year (or longer) to complete. True RaaS deployment is quick and efficient. RaaS providers use a combination of:
Digital simulation and training
A modular approach to work cell construction
3d-printing of custom end-of-arm tooling for every task
Changes in how RaaS approaches development, training and deployment result in the following:
Minimum additional new equipment
Deployment in weeks, rather than months
On site installation timelines averaging less than 48 hours
5. Cloud-connected training
A true RaaS provider can continually monitor their products, push new software updates and ensure a robotic workforce of one or one hundred shows up fully operational (and stays that way) for the entire length of a deployment.
But what may be the best part about cloud-connected training is the ability for all customers of a RaaS provider to share in new developments. Any software enhancement to one robot in the fleet makes that enhancement instantly available to all robots at every customer site, meaning that even manufacturers with only a single robot get the advantages of a massive, connected fleet.
Cloud-connected training also further simplifies redeploying a robot to a new task, even one it wasn’t pre-trained for.
6. Unwavering support
Traditional automation supports customers while they’re moving through the sales process. But once cash has exchanged hands, a manufacturer is left with the responsibilities that come with owning a robot, including servicing, maintaining and programming.
True RaaS providers embark on a partnership with their manufacturing clients that’s built on a foundation of service and support. This includes:
24/7 performance monitoring
Remote diagnostics and correction
On-site repairs as needed
Since the RaaS model removes ownership requirements for manufacturers, the RaaS provider is fully invested in making sure every product they lease is fully operational. RaaS providers don’t profit from integration or sales but rather from satisfaction. This means a true RaaS company is continually working to meet and exceed expectations in the form of unwavering support.
Looking for a Real Robotics as a Service Solution
If you're considering adopting robotic automation, and want to ensure that your chosen partner is a true Robotics as a Service offering, rather than a less comprehensive "Robots as a Service" rental company, here are a few questions to ask them:
How fast can I expect deployment?
Do you handle installation yourself, or will we work with a systems integrator?
Does your support plan include remote monitoring, and cover all parts and replacement?
How flexible are your robots? If I need to redeploy a robot, how easy will that be?
What hardware is included in our agreement? Is it just the robot, or are the end-of-arm effector, work cell, and other hardware included as well?
RaaS offers a solution to the labor shortage for manufacturers previously curbed by traditional automation costs and complexity.
But the real benefit of RaaS is that it offers a solution without consequential complications. With traditional automation, robot purchases are attached to tedious and expensive responsibilities, from programming to deployment to maintenance. Robotics as a Service provides the product alongside its vital support with zero upfront cost, allowing you to focus on your growing business instead of operating a robot.
Ready to learn more about real Robotics as a Service and how Rapid Robotics can help you automate in weeks, not months? Contact us for a free 30-minute automation consultation now.