While the above is guilty of being highly generalized, it succeeds in portraying the nearly unlimited capabilities of industrial robots (we’ll just call them “robots”). At the same time – much as with choosing the “right” paint color from over 4,500 swatches – there is a large and ever-expanding universe of robotic systems that potentially meet your current and foreseeable needs. Choosing the “right” fixtures, end of arm tooling, positioners, software and other options can be challenging if not a source of anxiety. Then there’s preparing the business case, calculating and defending the anticipated ROI, and submitting a CapEx funding proposal for a relatively expensive long-term asset. Whether you’re contemplating the first robot for your business or seeking a higher level of performance from existing systems, you need a solid foundation of facts for decision-making.