Robot swappage scheme for UK manufacturers

05 November 2013

A new swappage scheme, introduced by ABB, seeks to promote greater use of the latest robotic automation technology.

Subject to the payload of the robot, the new Robot Swappage Scheme enables UK operators to get up to £4,000 off the purchase cost of a new ABB robot when they trade in an existing robot from any manufacturer installed 12 or more years ago.

The scheme launched at the end of the October and continues until 30th April 2014 and is aimed at small and medium sized businesses with a current working robot that may be nearing the end of its useful economical working life.

"A large number of robots in use in the UK are now at the point where they are becoming increasingly more difficult and costly to maintain," explained Dean Phipps, ABB Robotics' service sales manager for the UK and Ireland. “Difficulties in obtaining spares for obsolete models, the absence of any warranties and finding technicians qualified to work on older models are just some of the problems that can add to the heartache, expense and inconvenience of using older robots when issues inevitably occur. In such cases, replacing the robot with a new model can present the most sensible option.

"New developments in robotic technology may also mean that companies using older models may be missing out on a raft of new productivity enhancing features. The enhanced efficiency, flexibility and reliability delivered by the latest generation of robots could help these companies to dramatically transform their production operations," he concluded.

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