How much do collaborative robots really cost?

Do you plan to buy a collaborative robot? The cost is obviously a key factor in your decision.

But with numerous cobot models and effectors available on the market, it’s not easy to know which pricing to expect.

Here are all the costs to purchase, set up, and deploy your cobot. We’ll help you find your way around!

Which costs for a collaborative robot?

An Omron cobot used for packaging

When talking about collaborative robots, you might know that there are several elements that make them work, apart from the simple robotic arm. A cobot is a complete automation tool system, defining the interaction between a dexterous arm, a tool, a part, and a worker.

Even though cobot models and application kits usually incorporate the essentials, it’s always good to know what is included in the package to understand the costs.

Here’s what you need for your cobot:

  • A robotic arm
  • A power supply base
  • A learning interface
  • A mounting stand
  • Connection cables suitable for inputs/outputs
  • External effectors and sensors
  • Delivery, support and maintenance services


Apart from the effectors, all of these elements are naturally included in the cobot models you buy from the manufacturer or an official distributor. But be sure to check what you’ll really get from the package.

Price of cobots : a general comparison

The UR range

In general, when you plan to buy a cobot, the best way is to get it from the original manufacturer (whether Universal Robot, ABB, Fanuc, Kuka…) or their official suppliers. They will provide you with cobot models whose pricing generally varies from 10,000 to 50,000 USD, depending on the range and the series’ variation.

These differences can be explained by a number of factors:

  • The quality of manufacture and materials
  • The design optimization
  • Technological innovations and sensor precision
  • The technical specs
  • The effectors included

But they are also explained by brand pricing strategies to target specific market share. To find the value for money for your project, you need then to look closely at these price differences.

We have created a price mapping that describes the positioning of the most known brands of cobotics. This will help you with your choice.

But before looking at this ranking, here are some precisions:

  • It is difficult to access accurate pricing data. Manufacturers only disclose prices to prospective customers.
  • This data may vary from day to day – this is only an estimate based on company statements and internet offers.
  • The ranking is based on average entry-level prices, for mid-range models
  • Ask the manufacturer for an exact price

Low-cost and affordable cobots (8000-20000 USD)

In recent years, many cobotics companies have entered the market. These young companies are looking to disrupt the market with lighter and cost-optimized technologies. They want to conquer the small industrial companies with little means with smaller models, but with great precision. Here is the pricing of these companies:

MyCobot

<10000

Automata

5000-10000

Franka Emika

10000

Dobot

10000-20000

Jaka

10000-20000

Versatile medium-cost cobots (USD 20,000-35,000)

In the medium price range, these cobotics companies address the main audience of the market, i.e. SMEs still not familiar with automation. They are either historical players with a strong positioning (Universal Robot) or innovative players with a lot of ambition (Aubo and Productive Robotics). Their main selling point is to equal their price to an average worker’s wage. Here’s their offer:

Productive Robotics

20000-25000

Aubo

20000-25000

Rethink Robotics

25000-30000

Mitsubishi Electric

30000-35000

Universal Robot

30000-40000

Specialized high-cost cobots (35000-50000 USD)

By offering higher pricing, these cobotics manufacturers rely on their reputation in the industry and the quality of their manufacturing. They want to sell to big industries because of their long experience and expertise in robotics. And as a result, their models have superior design and performance.

Omron-TechMan

35000-45000

Doosan

35000-45000

ABB

35000-50000

Motoman-Yaskawa

40000-50000

FANUC

40000-50000

Kuka LBR

40000-50000

How much do cobotic end effectors cost?

The Robotiq sanding kit

After opting for a robotic model, you need external effectors to set up your cobots for specific applications. These tools might be included by default in your installation kit (such as a simple gripper) or may even be part of your robotic arm. But usually, you need to buy separate tools to handle more specialized tasks.

Here’s how much you can expect to pay for these end effectors:

  • Mechanical gripper or robotic hand: 3000 to 10000 USD depending on whether it is pneumatic or electric and the number of fingers.
  • Vacuum gripper: 1000 to 10000 USD depending on the number of suction cups and the weight to carry (from a simple package to a pallet).
  • Orbital sanding tool: 500 to 2000 depending on the material.
  • Smart vision kit: 1000 to 5000 depending on the sophistication of the technology.
  • Torque sensor: 3000 to 6000 depending on the sensitivity.
  • Screwing kit: 5000 to 8000 USD depending on the brand.
  • Gluing and material distribution tool: 4000 to 6000 depending on the manufacture.
  • Welding device: 8000 to 30000 USD depending on the dimensions of the welding arc.

There you go, with all this information in your hand, we’ll let you do the math.

We hope we’ve helped you find the right deal for your brand new robotic system! You can also check a complete cobot review and pricing comparison here.

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