1. The future viability of robot
Usually, a 10-year period is considered in a decision for automation (linear depreciation).
The life expectancy of an APOSTORE robot is significantly higher at 15 to 20 years.
Therefore, one of the most important criteria for choosing a dispensing robot should be its future viability in terms of adaptability, equipment and the reserve capacity for future market changes.
Examples of this are:
- The ability to adjust the shelving to changing packet sizes.
- The possibility to convert handling devices for bigger packet weights and sizes.
- Sufficient storage intake speed at parallel dispensing from stock for increased business in the future.
2. Reliability and security
Another obvious criterion is reliability and security. The basis for this is that the main components are proven to be robust and also designed with backups.
It should also be ensured that
- the picking system can switch to the component-gentle standby mode.
- the picking system has sufficient power reserves and does not have to permanently work under full load.
- the manufacturer gives a parts warranty corresponding with the life expectancy of the machine.
3. Functionality and operability
Ultimately the functionality and operability of the machine drives acceptability by the pharmacy team and whether efficiency objectives can be fully achieved.
The questions to be asked here (for example):
- Can storage intake take place fluently and continuously or is the process stopped in between to dispense products for customers?
- Does the storage intake speed match capacity?
- How are storage intake errors avoided and new product intakes carried out?
- What range of packets can the picking heads handle and which packets can it take into storage?