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.
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

CenterLine Becomes Gold Standard Winner

They retain and improve their status as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies.

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.


Automation/Robotics: Products

A Wide Range of Advanced Welding and Cutting Equipment

The free WE BUILD-themed 2017 Full-Line Catalog from Miller Electric showcases a wide range of information on welding products, technology and other resources.

Wireless Remotes Increase Productivity, Save Time and Improve Safety

Ideal for construction, shipyards and other industries, the wireless controls on these new welding systems from Lincoln Electric allow operators to adjust welding settings at the arc, eliminate additional control cables and reduce return trips back to the welding power source.

One Digital Factory Platform, Endless Options

The unique software architecture of FASTSUITE Edition 2 digital factory software from CENIT can easily program robots and/or machine tools by using the process geometry defined on the workpiece and the available technology packages.