How to Improve Robotic Welding Production

Here are four key strategies that will help welding managers, particularly those new to the job, keep their shops competitive by increasing their production while keeping costs low and quality on par.
Automation/Robotics: Articles

Marlin Steel Installs Rare Welding Automation

This welder has rotating heads that can weld along curved or irregular shapes. The time to complete a weld operation is 2/1,000 of a second, which is 30 times faster than the typical speed of most welders. With a welding table of 10 ft by 4 ft, this machine can handle larger jobs than most automated welders that are limited to a smaller 4 ft by 4 ft table.
Their automated medium-frequency welder from Ideal Welding is one of only five in the world, and the only one outside of Germany.

Yaskawa Motoman Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Yaskawa Motoman, responsible for the Americas, is headquartered inside a 300,000 
sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Miamisburg, OH, on a 25 acre site that allows for an additional 200,000 sq ft building expansion.
Launched with 59 employees as a niche player in North America, the company has grown into a leading force in the American robot industry.

Robotic Welding Productivity: Touch and Go

The human-machine interface allows operators to control, monitor and collect data from the system with a simple touchscreen on a hand-held device that provides a realistic view of the robotic welding systems, from operating trends to productivity tracking, along with crucial alerts for troubleshooting should operational issues occur during the welding process.
The interaction between the operator and a robotic welding system can be improved by centralizing operations into one user interface.

Remote Welding Controls Offer Benefits in Fabrication Applications, Too

Remote control welding technologies provide the ability to make process changes and parameter selections at the weld joint, which helps save time, increase productivity and improve safety in fabrication and manufacturing applications. 
Beyond the field or jobsite, the benefits of remote control technologies in fabrication settings can be sizeable: more time spent welding and less time moving around; better welds resulting in less rework; and fewer cables to string and manage in the work area. 

Welding with Laser Touch Sense

Laser touch sensing works on heavy mill scale and on aluminum applications. These two areas are traditionally problematic applications for contact wire touch sense. The laser has no problem with either. The heavy mill scale on steel and the aluminum oxide that naturally forms aluminum are often insulators that prevent conventional wire touch sense from working 100 percent of the time.
Because of its low cost and ease of use, laser touch sense is quickly growing in popularity to locate weld joints and parts that are moving in location relative from one part to the next.


Automation/Robotics: Products

Reality-Based Welding Training System Builds Welding Careers

The new LiveArc™ reality-based training system is designed to recruit, screen, train and manage welding trainee performance — all via a live welding arc. (first view)
Ideal for vocational schools or fab shops, the LiveArc™ Welding Performance Management System from Miller Electric recruits, screens, trains and manages welding trainee performance via a live welding arc by using advanced motion-tracking technology for critical feedback to improve welding skills and provide better, faster, more cost-effective results than traditional training methods.

Virtual Reality Simulator Expands Support for Lap Joint On Mild Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

The VRTEX® Extensions™ software upgrade provides the ability to deliver a score on the welding pad (single piece of plate steel) to increase training effectiveness and provide a numerical assessment of the student’s skill level. Extensions Upgrade 5 also provides additional GMAW-P pulse welding spray modes for use with mild steel.
The fifth VRTEX® Extensions™ software upgrade from Lincoln Electric includes a lap joint weld coupon with support for mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel in the virtual welding simulation environment – increasing the number of available and supported welds on the system from 105 to 141.

Weld Retract Actuator Eliminates Water During Tip Changes

The Water Retract Actuator uses proven cylinder and actuation technology in an aluminum construction, with stainless steel and composite materials compatible with all cooling water fluids. The Viking Lite series valve provides reliable and precise operation of the pneumatic control. The system allows any water cooled weld gun to virtually eliminate all water expulsion during a tip changeover.
WRA technology from Parker Hannifin retains water in the system when activated allowing for a dry tip change to reduce weld cell down time associated with clean up and protect machines and operators from hazardous weld water. 
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