It was unclear to me whether or not this was the right forum for this thread. I do apologize if its not.
So, the company I work for is in the sound and light business. Buying, selling, installing and operating systems in this vain. My employer has had enough and now wants to move over to robotics. He will support and help me if I ask him to, but in general this thing has been made my responsibility.
Of course it would be better to hire a professional "robot guy" to help us, but we haven't found one yet, the country I live in doesn't have many robots in industry. What kind of qualifications am I looking for in such a "robot guy" anyway?
I have spent a few hours online doing research and feel completely overwhelmed, not least because most my google searches have yielded nothing useful - I suspect I lack some basic terminology...
Finding vendors who sell used and refurbished robots was easy enough (we are looking mostly for KUKA or ABB), but I cant seem to find anywhere that sells E.O.A.T or "turntables".
Obviously, purchasing a robot is the least of our worries, we also need to learn how to operate it. We have some basic CAD skills and I have been given the time to learn how to use fusion 360 (I can do that, I'm good with learning how to use programs), but I don't even know what I don't know... any help or pointers will be greatly appreciated.
So here's the basic gist:
At the beginning we are looking to use the robots mostly for cutting sheet metal and plastics. To that end, we want to purchase a fiber laser cutter able to cut through metals of ~6mm thickness. We need an arm with a reach of ~2m and the precision of ~0.06mm. We are also looking for a spindle tool that will be used to cut plastics of similar dimensions. We are also exploring the idea of robot CNC and milling of foam sculptures.
To make my question a little more specific, the first task given to the robot will probably be cutting sheet metal in 2D. For example, cutting a hoop of a certain dimension, then a long rectangle (which will later be bent around the hoop and welded, not necessarily by a robot), then a similar hoop out of plastic. Effectively making the parts for a lamp, to be assembled later by a technician. As our understanding of the robot grows, so the tasks given to the robot will become more complex. I understand the basic requirements I need to look for in the robot: load, reach, repeatability. What other requirements should I be looking for? What kind of skills do we need to acquire (by our selves, or by hiring people who have already acquired them) for a process such as mentioned above? What programs do we (or hired help) need to be familiar with? What do I not know that I do not know?
I realize these are some very vague and general questions, any help will be greatly appreciated. I feel like I'm groping in the dark, I just need to be pointed in the right direction.