Automation/Robotics

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. 
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

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.

Building Objects of Desire

After the frame is finished, it moves into the fully automated second section where 86 robots (82 made by Comau) perform welding, part handling, riveting, Tucker stud installation, folding the flanges of the metal sheets and more. 
With articulated robots and advanced software applications that can simulate every stage of production, Maserati leverages innovative robotic solutions from Comau to build the Quattroporte and Ghibli, two of the most prestigious models of luxury, sporty lines and aggressive engines.

Trends in Robotic Welding Guns

The through-arm style robot and through-arm robotic MIG gun make it easier to minimize downtime associated with cable management and reduce costs for cable replacement by dictating the length of the robotic MIG gun cable and accommodating increases in welding speed.
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.

Automated Friction Stir Welding

The world’s largest spacecraft welding tool, the Vertical Assembly Center (VAC), is a giant circumferential welding system that uses FSW to precision weld the fuel tank structures for NASA's new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).
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.

Step-by-Step Improvements: Understanding the Value of Advanced Welding Information Management Systems

Advanced welding information management systems can help identify and rectify problems very early in the fabrication process. These systems provide complete control over the welding process, increasing both quality and productivity.
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.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Lincoln Electric Featured in TV Series

The show will focus on the design and build of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event.
Their equipment and welders are featured in the new “BattleBots” series on ABC.

Yaskawa Motoman Lab Installs Güdel TMO

Ideal for material handling, material removal and welding, the TMO extends Motoman robot work envelopes.

Lincoln Electric Expands Automation Capabilities

Lincoln owns all intellectual property related to PECo laser welding and marking systems, and subsidiary Wayne Trail will service and support the installed base.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Welding Automation

As a digital system, the HELIX M85 weld head from Lincoln Electric calculates and controls travel time, weld speed and other variables to reduce complicated setup work on the front end. The track ring can be installed or removed in seconds, and it also eliminates binding and compensates for work surface heat expansion.
Here are some of the new automation solutions that are helping shops make their welding operations more productive and profitable.

Advanced Welding Automation and CNC Cutting

The Swift Arc SL performs robotic welding of large parts at high production rates with a new tandem SAT process that uses twin welding wires running simultaneously through the cell’s robotic torch to deliver exceptionally high deposition rates. This high-productivity MIG welding process produces flat welds with good penetration and without undercut. Its low heat input results in less part deformation.
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.

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.