Robotics and industrial automation refers to the use of computers, control systems and information technology for the purpose of handling industrial machinery, processes and replacing manual work done by humans with technologically enabled robots. These are generally employed to improve efficiency of work, give hazardous tasks to robots instead of to human beings, and to elevate speed and performance quality. The most commonly used term for such deployment of industrial instruments and robots is called Robotic Process Automation or RPA. These include labour intensive tasks such as lifting heavy objects, managing large supply chains and cleaning very large areas. They also include tasks that require minute precision such as medical surgeries.
Industrial automation and robots are said to have become surplus when they have either completed a prescribed number of hours of working, or when they have undergone a certain stage of wear and tear. They also become surplus when a new advanced version is launched in the market and a certain industry opts for the new version, thus making the existing version redundant for that particular industry. At such a point, it is time to dispose off the old automation and robotics equipment, and the best way for that in today’s world is to sell it through an online industrial auction. The methodology for such auctions is simple and easy to execute.
For the process of auctioning these equipments the successful strategy would include first assessing the wear and tear and the existing efficiency of the equipment and then to carry out the repair and up-hauling work as required. Having restored the equipment to its best possible efficiency, the same can then be clicked and its pictures with descriptions and measurements etc. be put on the online industrial machinery auction website with announcement of the auction date. This will give the potential buyers sufficient time to understand about the equipment and make some decision on which equipment they are likely to buy based on their unique industry needs.
On the actual day of the auction, the seller may also decide to hold it as an in-person event where the buyers can come to a particular place and actually see the equipment and verify its condition and other parameters. This will give them more confidence in what they are actually buying and they may be willing to pay the price quoted without bargaining. In case of an online event it facilitates better buys if a virtual assistant is available to answer comprehensive queries of the buyers.
Each piece of equipment should also specify what is its potential working life going forward from the day of the auction and if there is a once a year maintenance clause fitted within the auction agreement. This also helps raise the sales as the buyers know they will get upkeep of the equipment so they can use it over a long period of time. Finally, the terms and conditions in the online industrial machinery auction should be documented in writing to the satisfaction of both parties, i.e., the seller and the buyer. A demonstration of the equipment in its actual working if possible will be the ultimate sales booster.
Many online companies now-a-days work as the middle men, or aggregators, for the auction process, thereby taking away the work of the promotion and actual online industrial auction process from the seller. These companies also find potential buyers for the equipment thus giving profit to the seller and satisfaction to the buyer. They in the process facilitate reuse of the industrial and robotic equipment thereby bringing value for money, and environmental sustainability in use of resources.