Automation/Robotics

Conventional Guns on Through-Arm Robotic Welding Systems: When to Make the Choice

The choice between using a through-arm MIG gun or a conventional gun is sometimes an afterthought on these systems, but there are applications where a conventional gun works better and can significantly impact efficiency, throughput and quality of the finished weld. Knowing how to choose the best option for the job up front is key.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Welding Automation & Robotics

Take a closer look at some of the newest advances in data management, systems integration and automation, robotics and more that can help make your welding operations more productive and profitable.

Considerations for Consumables in Robotic Welding Applications

Did you realize a contact tip often serves as a barometer of the overall effectiveness of the welding process by indicating how optimized it is – or isn’t? To prevent time consuming and costly issues with joint access, here are some important reasons why consumables must be part of the planning process when working with an integrator to design a robotic welding system.

Before You Automate That Welding Operation

No shop can benefit from welding automation if the operation simply consists of moving a bottleneck from one department into another. To avoid missing out on the overall productivity and efficiency a robotic weld cell can deliver, these four challenges must be addressed before automating the welding operation.

Top Ten Things to Consider with Through-Arm Robotic MIG Guns

Through-arm robotic MIG guns don’t require a mounting arm like conventional robotic MIG guns do. They provide a smaller work envelope that is ideal for working in tight spaces. Here are the top factors in selecting, installing and maintaining a through-arm robotic MIG gun. 

A Week in the Life of An Online Data Management System

We can now measure, store and analyze up to 7.5 million weld sessions per day. By automating functions that were once done manually, a shop can save countless hours and provide real transparency into their drivers of productivity, quality and cost control.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Coldwater Machine Named Level 1 FANUC Integrator

This status opens up new automation opportunities for them in appliance, automotive, and aerospace applications.

Senior GM of Yaskawa Motoman Receives Award

Dean Elkins is honored with the 2016 Engelberger Robotics Award for leadership in the robotics industry.

Preco Receives Order for Flexible Hybrid Multi-Laser System

The Brazilian Senai Institute of Laser Innovation has ordered a $1.8 million SL-8600 hybrid laser/MIG system based on Cartesian machine tool motion for laser welding, additive manufacturing and more.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Let It Flow: Tube & Pipe Welding

As business picks up for tube and pipe fabricators, they must reduce their setup times and become more versatile in the flow of work they are able to handle, all while increasing their productivity to remain competitive. Here is some of the latest tube and pipe fabrication and welding equipment that can help these shops smooth out jobs so that their work goes with the flow.

Portable Controller/Wire Feeder Simplifies Job-Site Setup

The APEX 30M mechanized controller from Lincoln Electric controls and monitors processes for consistency and logs data for reporting and archiving needs in a variety of structural, maritime, power generation, process piping and construction applications.

Compact Robot for Arc Welding and Machine Tending

The IRB 1660ID from ABB Robotics features a stronger, more rigid upper arm for heavier weld torches and improved wire feeding control near the arc to guarantee high volume production.