Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to rent a robot?

It depends. Just like hiring a human employee, the cost of our robotic workers depends on the equipment needed, the task the robot will need to perform, and the hours worked. The hourly wage starts at $15/hour and we have a minimum of 80 hours a week.

How long do I have to commit?

There is NO long term commitment beyond 30 days. If things aren’t working out as you had planned, give us 30 days written notice that you are firing the robot and we will arrange to pick up the robot and put him to work elsewhere.

How big are the robots?

We generally work with Universal Robots UR3, UR5 and UR10 models with payloads of 3kg (6.6 lbs), 5kg (11 lbs) and 10kg (22 lbs) respectively. Not only do the payloads get larger but so does the reach from a small reach of 500 mm (19”) to the “big” reach of 1300 mm (51”). We can work with other manufacturers as well.

How long does it usually take to get a robot operating?

That depends on several factors such as complexity of the task, length of time to get required robots and support materials but the short answer is that we can operate as fast as you can. We have gotten systems put into place within 2 weeks of the Master Use Agreement being signed. Check out this article for more info on our process.

Are these robot workers fast?

Our typical workers are Universal Robots collaborative robots which are designed to work around humans and work at speeds similar to that of a human. That being said, we can’t always work as “fast” as a human worker but we almost always make up any difference in speed with our increased capacity to work at the same speed all day, work through breaks, lunch, etc. We generally see a 10%-20% increase in effective productivity with the robotic workers over a human doing the same task. In the very short term, a human can often beat us for speed, but they generally cannot sustain that rate all day like we can. Our cycle times rarely vary more than 100 milliseconds from cycle to cycle, barring any impacts outside of the robot’s control. Check out this video to see a robot putting out 2 parts every 17 seconds, cycle after cycle.

What kind of data is collected?

Because we have cloud connected the robots to our proprietary back end infrastructure we are able to collect a wide variety of data, some of which we need to monitor the robot’s performance and health and some of which pertains to the process. We routinely collect cycle time data including various system wait times and down times so we can show you the Operational Effectiveness of the system (how much are we really running during the day) as well as use this for billing purposes. We have collected production data for customers showing how many parts that they are making per hour, day, week, month, etc. Quality data such as if parts are loaded wrong in the system, or the size of a hole that we are measuring. We can also send push notifications from the robot back to us. All of this can be viewed on the Hirebotics mobile app with customized dashboards unique to your installation, both public and private discussion groups so that you can keep up with what is going on with the robot. At the end of the day, what data we can collect is up to the imagination of the team that is working with the robot, the sky is basically the limit and it’s all included in the hourly rate.

Can the robot perform quality checks?

Most definitely! The robots can be programmed to be as sophisticated and intelligent as needed to perform the task. We can deploy vision systems with the robots so that they can “see” what they are inspecting which is great for doing things like measuring features on the part, ensuring that features are present or in the correct orientation. We have even used some of the built in sensors to ensure that parts are oriented correctly before we work on them so that no incorrect parts ever make it to the customer. If a human can inspect it today, there’s a good chance that we can teach the robot how to do that as well, maybe even better than their human counterpart. Another great advantage is we can inspect 100% of the parts that are being produced, increasing your customers confidence in the quality that is being produced. All of this quality data can be collected via the cloud and displayed in the dashboards on the mobile app.

How many hours do the robots need to work?

Our robots love to work! They want to work as many hours a day as you need them. However, they are generally looking for 2 shift work with at least 80 hours a week. One of the great benefits is there is no overtime, EVER! Work them as many hours a week as you want and you will always pay the same hourly rate regardless of how long the days get. Also, unlike traditional workers which tend to slow down the longer they work (here’s some research) the robots never slow down, no matter how long they work. They also don’t need breaks to go to the bathroom.

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