Automation/Robotics

Using Welding Intelligence Designed for Pipe Fabrication

Pipe shops now use electronic dashboards to replace pieces of paper that once traveled with spool joints across the floor and through the weld testing process.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Marine Shipyard Invests in Vision Welding Portal

Senesco Marine has successfully built and delivered on-time nearly two dozen 60k, 80K and 100K barrel double-hulled fuel and chemical barges with accompanying ATB Tugs for clients, and are constructing a current line of 100K barrel double-hulled fuel and chemical barges with accompanying ATB Tugs. 
To increase their capacity and meet regulatory and customer demands, Senesco Marine uses a PEMA flexible hi-tech twin robot welding gantry automation system for welding double bottoms and subassemblies.

Automatic Generation of Weld Programs from CAD Models

Robotmaster off-line programming software saves Groupe Gravel time and money by generating robot control code directly from CAD/CAM tools. The shop can easily and efficiently program their robots to produce higher quality products at lower cost, achieving the speed and flexibility needed for competitive advantage. 
The robot programmers at Groupe Gravel drastically reduce weld programming time and effort with Robotmaster software that generates robot control code directly from CAD/CAM.

Tube Water Wall Overlay

American Electric Power gained a definite financial advantage by purchasing their own overlay motion control equipment from Bug-O Systems and hiring local labor to perform the operation. 

French Shipyard Advances Welding Automation

STX France installed a PEMA Integrated One-sided Laser-Hybrid Welding and Milling Station with an extensive customized conveyor system for welding deck plates together. 

How Advanced Welding Information Management Helps Standardize Work Procedures

Standardized work procedures result in every part being the same from the pre- to post-weld cell, regardless of the operator welding it. This reduces the cost and potential liability of missed or defective welds, which can be staggering if a failure in the field happens. Although mistakes do happen, the earlier defects are detected, the less costly they are to fix. AWIM systems reduce costs by alerting managers and welding operators to potential welding mistakes in real time.
From the safe unloading of large parts to accurate assembly practices, AWIM systems add value to the welding operation from the beginning to the end of the process by generating valuable insights that improve quality, productivity and the bottom line.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Robotics Education Strategy for the Economy

Partnerships are developing dedicated curricula and tools to deliver real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment.

Acieta Names New President

Blake Consdorf assumes the leadership role for the division.

Centerline Recognized as Best Managed Company

They embrace innovation, seize opportunities and inspire talent.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Remote Control Technology Simplifies Ease of Use for Welders

Miller has expanded its ArcReach remote control technology to three additional machines: the XMT 350 CC/CV, XMT 450 CC/CV and Dimension 650 multiprocess welding power sources.  ArcReach allows welding operators to adjust and set voltage at the point of use — the weld joint — without the use of control cords, reducing downtime and improving safety by reducing exposure to tripping hazards and lessening operator fatigue associated with walking to and from the power source. The technology also eliminates the need to settle for less-than-optimal welding parameters, which helps improve weld quality, and it increases productivity by providing for more time to weld.
By providing complete control of voltage at the weld joint – without the use of control cords — ArcReach technology from Miller Electric helps welders improve their productivity, quality and safety.  

Compact Laser Cells for Welding Small Round Parts

Available with CO2 or solid-state lasers, this cell from Arnold is suitable for mass production or smaller batches, owing to the onboard loading and powerful CNC programming capabilities of the machine.   
Automated laser welding cells from Arnold Ravensburg use either CO2 or solid-state lasers for mass production or smaller batch operations.

Welding Showcase

With the 9100XXi ADF from 3M, welders have a new level of visibility and control. They’ll have a vibrant, crisper view of the workpiece with a greater field of colors. With these improved optics, welders may experience better control of the weld puddle and more precise set-up and finishing operations. It also may make it easier to distinguish the colored control panels on welding machines.
Here is some of the latest welding equipment and accessories to help your shop become more competitive.