I need to automate some tasks in a machine shop for which we are considerin
g using an articulated arm. Its maximum payload (including gripper) will be
5 kg. I need a quick and dirty estimate of cost. My requests for price quo
tes are awaiting responses. I realize that actual costs vary and depend on
a number of factors, but at this time I need only a crude estimate. Can som
How many degrees of freedom? Or put it other way, what is the actual operation
it will need to do? I noticed you avoided using the term "robotic arm" - any
specific reason, I wonder? Like only two/three DOFs or something like that?
What's the end effector - a standard gripper or a specialized fixture?
There's a TON of surplus robotics out there - something you'd be willing to look
at? Not counting the cost of its integration into your workcell (not a small
expense either), I would say you can pick up a reasonably little-worn surplus
robotic arm for 5kg payload and a controller for less than $5,000. The trick is
usually to install, program and troubleshoot - do you have someone in house who
would do that? Otherwise, a turnkey solution would cost way more - I would not
even dare to estimate not knowing the details.
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