Robotic MIG guns may seem like a small part of the whole automated system, but the evolution of their design and functionality is having a significant impact on the cost, productivity and quality of an application.
Because its low heat input and high strength provide opportunities to redesign structures with increased tensile strength, outstanding fatigue properties, improved corrosion resistance and minimal distortion and shrinkage, FSW could change the way trains, trucks, cars, aircraft and aerospace components, and other common aluminum structures are built.
To achieve big cost savings, quality improvements and productivity enhancements, advanced data management systems can manage and control almost any factor – before, during and after the actual welding process.
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.
The interaction between the operator and a robotic welding system can be improved by centralizing operations into one user interface.
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.
One goal is to automatically generate weld paths directly from CAD models to reduce the manual programming time currently required for robotic welding in shipyards.
A complete Go-Fer III system for cutting and welding was donated to WFW students so they can learn about basic mechanization.
Wholly-owned subsidiary ALM Positioners will now manufacture a branded line of welding and assembly positioners for blue chip manufacturers and distributors.
Here are some of the new automation solutions that are helping shops make their welding operations more productive and profitable.
ESAB offers the Swift Arc SL side-load robotic cell with new tandem Swift Arc Transfer MIG welding and the Hydrocut LX combination waterjet and plasma cutting system.
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.