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

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: Articles

SKS Establishes Subsidiary in Turkey

Serdar C. Arican (left), the managing director of the new Turkish subsidiary of SKS Welding Systems, with Dieter Klein, founder of SKS.
The strategy is to develop this market for automated welding technology.

Lincoln Electric Licenses Helical Robotics Technology

This agreement expands Lincoln’s automation footprint to include the industry’s first trackless automated arc welding and cutting solution.

How to Improve Robotic Welding Production

Understanding the fixed costs and the variable costs in each step of the process is an important step for increasing throughput in robotic welding. Once these have been identified and measured as key cost drivers, that information can be used to decide where to focus attention for improvement efforts to get the biggest impact. 
Here are four key strategies that will help welding managers, particularly those new to the job, keep their shops competitive by increasing their production while keeping costs low and quality on par.

Marlin Steel Installs Rare Welding Automation System

This welder has rotating heads that can weld along curved or irregular shapes. The time to complete a weld operation is 2/1,000 of a second, which is 30 times faster than the typical speed of most welders. With a welding table of 10 ft by 4 ft, this machine can handle larger jobs than most automated welders that are limited to a smaller 4 ft by 4 ft table.
Their automated medium-frequency welder from Ideal Welding is one of only five in the world, and the only one outside of Germany.

Yaskawa Motoman Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Yaskawa Motoman, responsible for the Americas, is headquartered inside a 300,000 
sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Miamisburg, OH, on a 25 acre site that allows for an additional 200,000 sq ft building expansion.
Launched with 59 employees as a niche player in North America, the company has grown into a leading force in the American robot industry.


Automation/Robotics: Products

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.

Virtual Reality Simulator Expands Support for Lap Joint On Mild Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

The VRTEX® Extensions™ software upgrade provides the ability to deliver a score on the welding pad (single piece of plate steel) to increase training effectiveness and provide a numerical assessment of the student’s skill level. Extensions Upgrade 5 also provides additional GMAW-P pulse welding spray modes for use with mild steel.
The fifth VRTEX® Extensions™ software upgrade from Lincoln Electric includes a lap joint weld coupon with support for mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel in the virtual welding simulation environment – increasing the number of available and supported welds on the system from 105 to 141.