Automation/Robotics

Robotic Welding Productivity: Touch and Go

The interaction between the operator and a robotic welding system can be improved by centralizing operations into one user interface.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

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.

Yaskawa Motoman Program Partners with Community Organizations

Yaskawa Motoman created a recording room for this program in its Dayton, Ohio headquarters.
Yaskawa Motoman's IMPACT Corporate Giving Program reinforces commitment to the community.

How to Evaluate Robotic Welding Integrators for Automation Success

Given detailed research on your part, the right integrator can provide the right welding automation setup. Issues with part variation or inconsistent fit-up should be addressed prior to pursuing automation. Also, evaluate the accessibility of the weld joint for a robot to reach and successfully complete all of the welds; and ask yourself if you have requirements for tooling, fixturing and positioning of the part. Also identify potential bottlenecks.
Getting started with a robotic welding automation project may seem like a daunting task at first. But by breaking the project into steps and evaluating a complete solution, you will achieve success by selecting the best robotic welding integrator for your specific operations. Here's how to do it.

Capturing Real Welding Information to Drive Real Improvement

Basic or entry-level welding information management systems gauge both productivity and quality, and provide real-time weld data for management to enact positive changes within the welding operation.
As automation sweeps through the welding industry, the need for weld data beyond just productivity and quality metrics increases. Basic welding information systems provide the operator with real-time information to drive continuous improvement during the actual fabrication of a component. As with any investment in the welding operation, consulting a trusted power source manufacturer or welding distributor is a good first step in determining the most appropriate technology to meet a company’s needs.

 

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.