As an Australian-owned business, Jade Equipment Finance strongly supports job creation to build a strong economy. But we're also focused on supporting our business customers to implement and install innovative equipment which will improve their productivity and profitability. Equipment including automated systems and robots. We provide cost-effective equipment finance for businesses to invest in automated processes and the use of robotic devices and automatic guided vehicles.
The use of automation and robots is widespread in workplaces across Australia with customised and off-the-shelf products available. For those considering a move to new systems or to upgrade existing equipment, we took a brief look at the world of automation and robotics.
There are a number of companies in Australia that specialise in this area and provide customised solutions to business for specific processes and purposes. From our understanding, these companies provided a consulting service which would include an initial audit of the existing processes and systems and an assessment of the business suitability for automation.
Customised equipment and installations are then designed and engineered to specifically suit that individual business. This has been widely used across manufacturing, food production, the automotive industry, engineering and packaging sectors for a long time and is increasingly being expanded to many other areas.
While many businesses see robotics and automation as a solution to reduce labour costs and stay up with their competition on price, many high-risk areas such as construction, chemicals and medical businesses utilise robotic processes as a safety measure. Having key high-risk processes carried out robotically may represent a significant protection for workers in some sectors.
If a customised automated or robotic solution may be the answer to increase your productivity, speak with your Jade Equipment Finance consultant about the finance options. Options may include an entire finance package to cover both the consulting and audit stages plus the development and installation of the equipment.
Off the Shelf Robotic Equipment
In addition to customised solutions, there is a wide range of ‘stock-standard’ robotic and automated equipment available through suppliers to the construction, heavy equipment, manufacturing, engineering and other sectors. In packaging, automated stretch wrappers, palletisers and other packaging equipment is available to speed up processes.
There are many robots available to carry out a range of processes and the selection of which robots may be based on the number of axes you require movement on. MOTOMAN is a well-known manufacturer of these types of robots. The MotoMINI for example, is a 6 axis robot which handles and assembles very small pieces of work. It’s lightweight, has a reach of 250mm, a payload of 500g and with high repeatability, is reported to deliver superior performance.
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are one of the most popular and commonly used types of ‘robotic’ equipment. The technology has been adapted to suit many applications for tasks which would traditionally have been handled by manually driven forklifts or other materials handling devices.
- One of the leading manufacturers in materials handling equipment – Toyota Material Handling – has a range of AGV forklifts, their Autopilot range, which may suit your workplace. These vehicles offer a flexible and cost-effective solution to many businesses that need to move goods and material in an indoor setting.
- The Levio LAE250 Autopilot for example, can lift up to 2500 kg and is based on the forklift design that you would be familiar with, but it is has an integrated navigation system. This unit is just one of several in the Toyota range which may suit your business.
- NKC is another major supplier of AGVs under the Proxaut brand. The company works with customers to select the most appropriate guidance system for each application whether it laser guidance, inductive or inertial guidance.
- Dexion also provides AGVs which may be of interest to your business.
Individual Finance Solutions
While we support businesses investing in automation and robots to increase their productivity, when it comes to arranging your finance, Jade Equipment Finance maintains a very personalised service.
Your consultant will discuss your specific requirements and tailor a finance solution which suits your automated equipment, robot or AGV.
For the acquisition of entire automated systems or individual robotic products, we offer the full range of commercial finance facilities, including:
- Chattel Mortgage for Equipment
- Equipment Leasing
- Equipment Commercial Hire Purchase
- Rent-to-Own Equipment Finance
All Jade Equipment Finance deals are based on our signature cheap interest rates, have fixed interest rates, fixed loan term and fixed repayments.
An investment in automated systems or robotic equipment may also be eligible for the government’s Instant Asset Write-Off measure. The deadline has been extended through to equipment installed and operation by 30 June 2021.
To discuss finance for all types of automated and robotic systems and equipment please contact Jade Equipment Finance on 1300 000 003
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