Automation/Robotics

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.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Before You Automate That Welding Operation

Simple, repeatable parts with minimal gaps are best for robotic welding. High volume, low variety applications are very well-suited for automation because they require minimal considerations when it comes to tooling changes. And once a program is in the robot, it’s always there and simple to recall for future use on both larger and smaller volume part runs.
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

Figure 1. When installing a through-arm robotic MIG gun, allow approximately 1.5 in of slack to prevent undue stress on the power cable and power pin, and to minimize the opportunity for damage to either component.
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

A shop using the WeldCloud data management system can safely store data on their intranet, where it is password protected. Because web-based reporting speeds information flow, the shop can obtain a clearer picture of plant operation to eliminate equipment downtime, unscheduled maintenance and process bottlenecks, as well as improve overall equipment effectiveness, speed time-to-market and streamline schedules. (first view)
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.

Improving Automation with Welding Information

By providing archived data that can be used to lower costs, a welding information management system helps improve the productivity and quality gains offered by automation. This technology helps shops make the most out of their investment in welding automation, increase their competitiveness in the marketplace, and improve their profitability.
By providing archived data that can be used to lower costs, a welding information management system helps improve the productivity and quality gains offered by automation. This technology helps shops make the most out of their investment in welding automation, increase their competitiveness in the marketplace, and improve their profitability.

Using Welding Intelligence Designed for Pipe Fabrication

The Insight™ Pipe and Vessel system from Miller Electric shown here provides the ability to capture and collect real-time welding parameter information for each individual weld spool joint. This allows pipe shops to efficiently track the productivity and quality metrics that are crucial in pipe welding applications. (first view)
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.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Senior GM of Yaskawa Motoman Receives Award

Dean Elkins, Yaskawa Motoman “This award is the pinnacle to what has been an incredible career in the robotics industry. Being recognized by my industry peers as someone worthy of an award associated with Joe and his legacy is completely humbling.”
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.

Yaskawa Motoman is Reaccredited by IACET

The accreditation period for Yaskawa Academy extends for five years on all programs offered or created during that time.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

FABTECH 2016: Welding (Part Two)

Booth N-4329: Available with an integrated Inclinometer and Weld Revolution SpinArc Torch for high speed, vertical down applications in pipe welding, the Piper-Plus pipe welding system from Bug-O Systems makes automatic, pre-programmed changes to any and all welding parameters as determined by the position of the tractor as it travels around the pipe.
Take a closer look at some of the welding technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Compact Robotic Welding System Cell for Moderate Flexibility

Booth N-2511: Incorporating two work stations with a common load/unload area, the compact robotic welding cell from igm Robotic Systems uses a new RTE 499-S 7-axis robot and RP2 two-axis tilt/rotate servo-controlled workpiece positioner to weld jobs that require moderate flexibility.
The space-saving RTE 499-S compact robotic welding cell from igm Robotic Systems features new control generation RCE with programming teach pendant K6.

Heavyweight Modular Drive Welding System

Booth N-4329: Ideal for shipbuilding, the new Heavyweight Modular Drive System (MDS) from BUG-O Systems lifts upward of 180 lb in the vertical Z-axis direction without the need of additional gearboxes or other load sharing devices, giving users the ability to not only weld, but to bring everything along with the tractor to make a faster and more complete weld.
The Heavyweight MDS from BUG-O Systems lifts upward of 180 lb in the vertical Z-axis direction without the need of additional gearboxes or other load sharing devices.