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Industrial robots and cobots are an investment that can pay off quickly. elliTek's Systems Group isn't here to just sell robots. We stay in communication with our customers throughout the entire process from sales, training, commissioning, support, and beyond. Our team will even tell you if a robot isn't the best solution. We truly want a partnership.

Listen to "Industrial Automation - It Doesn't Have To... Be A Loss" to hear Brandon's take on automating your processes with a robot or cobot.

New industrial robots with controllers and teach pendants can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000. New collaborative robots (cobots) can cost $14,500 to $50,000.  The total cost of a robotic system that is application-specific can cost $100,000 to $200,000.


To get a ballpark budget for what your robotic system is going to cost, Brandon typically does a quick roll-up of the hardware cost and multiplies it by three.


Usually, the hardware cost is roughly a third of the overall cost of the project. That often will give a high watermark, especially if integrators, machine builders, and distributors are allowed to come in and work with you.


If you choose elliTek for your robot project, our engineers will sit down with you and ask: 

  • What parts can you do or provide?

  • Can you do this cheaper than we can or for less expense by using your people and/or your facilities? 


This way, you don't have to pay an outside person for the work you can do in-house.

Considerations to keep in mind:

The application to be performed has a direct impact on the cost of a robotic system. The application governs the end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT), the peripherals, and the safety mechanisms.


To choose the right robot for your application, our automation experts suggest that you take into consideration the workspace requirements, the reach and payload limits, and the product needs.


elliTek's Systems Group shares more insight on selecting the right robot.


It's recommended that you have a clear understanding of the scope of your robotic system during the research phase.


Some things to consider are:


  • Your current costs for the number of employees per shift.

  • The number of shifts per day.

  • Your employee(s) yearly cost.

  • Downtime costs.

  • Scrap parts costs.


Industrial robots and cobots have a quick return on investment (ROI) and can typically pay for themselves within a year or less.

Reach out to a member of our Systems Group to learn how industrial robots can open the door to new opportunities for your employees so they can engage in value-added tasks and more fulfilling jobs. Discover if your company should use industrial robots.

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