Marine Shipyard Invests in Vision Welding Portal

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.
Automation/Robotics: Articles

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.

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.


Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Miller Electric Acquires IMPACT Engineering

As part of the acquisition, products from IMPACT Engineering, including ARCAgent and ARClient, will become part of the Miller Welding Intelligence offering that currently includes Insight Core, a simplified, Internet-based welding information solution, and Insight Centerpoint, which offers advanced, real-time operator feedback and process controls.
This deal allows Miller to address increasing demands for Welding Intelligence systems that help shops drive continuous improvements in welding operations.

Comau Reaches Robot Milestone

As more shops look to robotics to optimize manufacturing operations in response to complexity of their plants and the ever increasing need for flexibility, Comau and B&R celebrate a partnership with a promising future through the installment of 10,000 robots worldwide.
They have installed 10,000 robots around the globe that are controlled by B&R mapp technology.

Honda Awards Yaskawa Motoman

Yaskawa Motoman president and chief operating officer Steve Barhorst (second from right), accepted the honors on the company’s behalf during a ceremony held at the Honda Heritage Center. Also representing Yaskawa Motoman were Hiroyuki Nagatsu (second from left), the senior vice president of global sales team, and Doug Burnside (left), the senior director of customer care.
The Special Recognition award recognizes their service to Honda automotive plants in Indiana and Ohio.


Automation/Robotics: Products

Auto Recovery of Submerged Arc Flux

The FTV-3000 Flux Valve from Weld Engineering automatically transfers Recovered Submerged Arc Flux from the Recovery hopper to the lower Pressure Feed tank of their Pressure Feed and Recovery system for submerged arc welding, allowing the operator to simply push a button on his remote system control panel to add new flux to the Pressure Feed Tank.
Weld Engineering showcases the new FTV-3000 Flux Valve that automatically transfers recovered submerged arc flux from the recovery hopper to the lower pressure feed tank of the pressure feed and recovery system for submerged arc welding.

Innovative Robotic Welding Systems

Booth N-8020: With Kinetiq Teaching from Yaskawa Motoman, job shops can easily implement robotic welding with simplified teaching and reduced set-up times by allowing operators to guide the robot by hand to desired weld positions. Programming time is greatly reduced so that experienced welders can set welding jobs and oversee more than one robotic welder, or act as a technical and quality assurance resource for newer operators.
Yaskawa Motoman Robotics will showcase their Kinetiq Teaching technology and high-speed MS165 and MS210 robots at FABTECH 2015.

One Economical Machine for Every Application

The GO-FER IV from Bug-O Systems incorporates a 2.5 ipm to 100 ipm speed motor and a large and bright digital speed meter that can be preset ahead of time to easily monitor travel speed for all processes. With its standard built-in dual contactor switches, gas manifold and flexible racking groups, this unit can do straight line cuts and beveling with an oxy fuel torch (as shown here).
Bug-O will showcase its lower profile 4th generation of the GO-FER IV, a straight-line, versatile and robust tractor that is extremely portable for all of a shop’s cutting and welding needs.