Raas – Robot as a Service

Nowadays we don’t have to own things to use them. We are renting our cars, electronics and even office furniture. What about industrial robots?

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It is… exactly the same. Renting a robot is maybe not the first thought when you need additional hands to work, but is it possible. From few years we have companies which offer robot in Robot-as-a-Service model. Better, they are companies which rent you additional equipment to your freshly hired mechanical helper.

When to rent a robot?

Definitely not then when you planning mass production of one product which will last many years.

Are you curious about cobots features? Maybe renting them for a test will be a good idea? These robots are still quite expensive (I heard about 30% more than a standard industrial arm) and yet they are often used to not so serious tasks. Is it not worth to buy a robot to serve a coffee on exhibition.

You can also hire a robot to compare it with the devices you already have in your company.

Features and Benefits of Raas:

  • No long-term commitment
  • Rent by the week, month or year
  • Provides a fixed cost per productive hour
  • Stable and reliable automation
  • Includes all necessary components: Robot, Controller, Teach Pendant, and End of Arm Tooling

RaaS allows manufacturers to take advantage of the latest robot technology, but on a monthly rental basis. Renting could be treated like a “try before you buy” option. Usually when company want to keep a robot the part of the rental price can be credited to the purchase of the rented robot.

Photo:“AiR Pier 9 2015_Robot Live Control” by madeline.gannon is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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