Calculating the ROI of Your First Industrial or Collaborative Robots

| September 18, 2018

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The decision to automate manual processes hinges on robots ability to deliver a return on investment (ROI) in a reasonable amount of time. Any robot must quantitatively prove its worth through cost savings and gains in productivity. Without an expected ROI, robotic automation is not a profitable venture.

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