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While robotic technology has developed to incorporate more complex applications than previously held possible, it is imperative to the end-user to understand how and where to implement robotic automation that benefits your company. With an array of options on how to adopt the technology from freelance robot programmers and turn-key integrators, to in-house programming and installation, it can be tricky sometimes to decide which route to take to get started. We’ll shed some light on the subject and review the pros and cons of each option while giving you valuable insight about robotic programming know-how.

How to Find Freelance Robot Programmers and Integrators

While your robot system supplier/integrator may provide installation and initial programming assistance, proper ongoing service and support of your robot’s software is required to optimize productivity throughout the life of your machines. A popular means to fulfill this need is to hire freelance robot programmers. Manufacturers often find freelance industrial robot experts through the following ways:

  • Search Engine Scavenger Hunt — Admittedly, this is not the best option if you are short on time. Most of these freelance robot experts have websites, however they are most-assuredly not optimized to be found by search engines. You’ll be lucky to connect with the right person this way.
  • Professional Referrals — Word of mouth and written recommendations are a great way to gain insight about valuable freelance programmers in your area. Traditional referrals by themselves may leave out up-and-coming quality candidates, however, so it’s important to utilize a combination of search methods to find the freelancer you want.
  • FactoryFix.com — This online platform for companies to find local automation experts combines the reliability of referrals with the convenience of the internet. Simply describe your project and service need, and FactoryFix.com will provide three quotes from local, vetted robot experts that are interested in your project.

Methods of Basic Robot Programming

A manufacturer who doesn’t know about the different methods of robot programming is like a ship trying to get around without its rudder — no progress can be made. Therefore, it is wise for the company to ensure that their employees supporting the automation understand the basics of robot programming to preserve the production line goals and prolong the life of their robotic systems.

In essence, there are three basic ways to input manufacturing robot programming. They are the following:

  • Teach Pendant Programming — Did you know that over 90% of the robots currently use this type of programming? In this method, robots are ‘taught’ by a teach pendant that drives the robot through certain places. The robot then remembers those places as checkpoints in its save files to be renamed by the programmer for later.
  • Lead-Through — This type of programming began as a popular method but is no longer used with the exception of paint sprayers and certain other applications. Through it, the operator physically moves the robot through the desired checkpoints. The process itself can be very heavy and tedious work, and each movement must be accurate in order for the robot to perform it correctly.
  • Offline — This type of programming is still in its infancy but is very efficient and experiencing an order increase. The robot learns in a similar way to the Teach method only with special CAD system software instead of a teach pendant.

Programming In-House: The Pros and Cons

Some companies prefer to do their industrial robotics programming in-house, thinking that doing so will save them money in the long run. The reality is, hiring an in-house staff to perform basic programming duties may provide faster service time but is actually higher in cost than having a reliable resource to come in whenever a need pops up.. An in-house staff who handles programming also tends to be not as experienced and may not be aware of the additional costly errors that they could make if they haven’t already. Therefore, hiring a freelance programmer is the more likely solution to deliver correct and prompt programming tasks to the company while saving on time and additional budget costs.

FactoryFix.com: The Easiest Way to Automate Your Facility

If you’re seeking for freelance programmers to perform your industrial robotics programming, contact us at FactoryFix.com today! We’ll help hook you up with the right professional in your area that achieves the goal you need and work directly with them to get it done, no strings attached, and clear communication guaranteed. Not sure how to look for freelance programmers in an online market? No problem — our simple hassle-free format is easy to use for beginners. Just click the link above to get started with our easy to navigate website. Tell us about your project and we’ll deliver you professional industrial robot service to you in a prompt and courteous manner.

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