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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 required equipment, the task the robot will perform, and the working hours. The hourly wage starts at EUR 14/hour and we assume a minimum of 80 working 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 it up and put it to work somewhere else.

How big are the robots?

We generally work with Universal Robots, Doosan and Rethink with payload capacities ranging from 5kg to 10kg. With growing payload capacities the range of action increases: our robots vary from a small reach of 1000 mm to an extensive reach of 1800 mm. 

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

That depends on several factors such as complexity of the task, acquisition time for the desired robots and support materials, but the short answer is that we fall in line with your timing. Our systems are being installed within 2 weeks from the conclusion of the agreement.

Do these robots work fast?

Our typical workers are collaborative robots which are designed to work around humans and work at speeds similar to that of a human. That being said, robots can’t always work as “fast” as humans, but we almost always make up any difference in speed with our capacity to work at the same pace all day, work through breaks, lunch, etc. We generally see a 10%-20% increase in effective productivity with the robotic workers over a human performing the same task. For a short time, a human can often beat a robot in terms of speed, but they usually cannot sustain that rate all day like robots can. Robot cycle times rarely vary more than 100 milliseconds from cycle to cycle, barring any impacts outside of the robot’s control. Cobots mimic human actions and carry out tasks at a similar or slower speed and with similar payloads and ranges of action as humans.

How many hours do the robots work?

They are ready to work as many hours a day as you need them to. However, they are generally designed for a two-shift system with at least 80 hours a week. One of the great benefits is that there is no overtime, EVER! Work them as many hours a week as you like, and you will always pay the same hourly rate - regardless of how long the days get. Also, unlike human workers who tend to slow down the longer they work, robots never slow down, no matter how many hours they work. They don’t need bathroom breaks, either.

What kind of data is collected?

We are able to collect a wide variety of data, some of which are needed to monitor the robot’s performance, some of which relate to the process. We routinely collect cycle time data including various system wait times and down times so that we can show you the operational effectiveness of the system and we also use this information for billing purposes. We have collected production data for customers that reveal how many parts they are producing hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, etc. We can also send push notifications from the robot back to RobShare. At the end of the day, the kind of data we collect is up to the imagination of the team that is working with the robot, the sky is the limit here 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 smart and intelligent as required to perform a certain task. We can equip the robots with vision systems so that they can “see” what they are inspecting which is helpful for tasks like measuring part features, ensuring that features are present and oriented correctly. 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 that we can inspect 100% of the parts that are being produced, increasing your customers’ confidence in your quality of production.

How safe are the cobots?

Cobots were initially called “programmable constraint machines”, which highlighted their passive and safe method for allowing a computer to create a constraint surface. With its force sensing, any heavy impact collision with humans are prevented. Cobots are designed to be used within a defined collaborative workspace with human workers, and typically have multiple built-in safety mechanisms to support this use. Cobots are Collinson Safe.

Do we need engineers or robot experts in our company in order to be working with RobShare?

You don´t need cobot experts in your company.

Our solution assures you an integration of robotization with zero prior investment.

How long does it take to get the robot ready to work in our team after arriving at his working place?

Between 20 minutes and 2 hours. The time depends on the complexity of the tasks that need to be programmed onsite and the amount of integrations with the customer’s systems

Is it possible to program new/different or additional tasks?

Yes, it’s possible to program our cobots for over 200 tasks.

In case of error reports: What is the process to get a robot to continue working? And how long do repairs take?

All of our cobots are monitored 24/7 with their own 4G connection to the RobShare Platform. This is our escalation protocol in case of error reports:

1st step in the process is that we log into the cobot to make any necessary changes

2nd step is the cobot supervisor onsite making the necessary adjustments

3rd step is the instruction of the cobot supervisor or client for our augmented glasses so that he or she can the changes.

4th step is that we will drive to the client site and have the problem fixed within 2 hours. 

Please note that we replace any cobot that has a failure at the client site. The repairs will always be performed at the RobShare Warehouse. This approach makes sure that our clients do not experience long-running downtime.

Do we have a personal contact at RobShare in case of questions or error reports?

Yes, the RobShare App / Dashboard will alert any error instantly. Our customer service personnel will always notify the client and the cobot supervisor proactively to review the error and the solution.

How often does a robot need to be updated?

It depends on the make of the cobot, but the average is twice a year. The RobShare platform assures that specific customer data doesn’t get lost during the update process. This is something that often happens for standalone cobots that clients have bought on their own.

How often does a robot need maintenance?

All of our cobots are maintained three times a year, while they only require a yearly checkup. The maintenance is usually conducted onsite by the cobot supervisor or service engineer during each shift. We also schedule the maintenance for 20 minutes max. at the end of each rental period anyhow.

For anyone who has not considered working with other than humanoid temp workers so far: How does the collaboration between humans and robots look like?

Collaborative robots mostly work on their own, but occasionally a human might need to enter its workspace. For example, if a particular operation has to be performed on a part while it is in the cobot’s space, and a human worker needs to do another operation while the robot is handling the part, the person can easily enter the cobot’s space.  When a person enters a restricted area in a pre-determined safety zone, the cobot will stop each movement immediately. The cobot is not shut down by this, but its brakes are being activated. Also, note that these types of cobots reach their maximum efficiency when they work on their own most of the time, without too many interruptions causing delays.

Are there any dangers involved?

There should be no dangers involved in working with our cobots. RobShare operates according all necessary CE standards and international standards ISO 10218 part 1 and part 2, for all 4 types of collaborative features for cobots.