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

Coldwater Machine Strengthens Partnership with Yaskawa Motoman

The Ascend16 Program enhances their strategic agreement with priority sales and technical support for integrating Motoman robots into their automation solutions.

AGT Robotics is First ESAB Automation Partner in North America

The ESAB Integrator Partnership Program, which has proven successful in Europe and is now expanding  to North America, combines expertise in automation equipment and filler metals with the engineering of custom systems for a total  solution that maximizes productivity and quality.
These partners now offer custom turnkey automated welding and cutting systems, along with service and support throughout Canada and the U.S.

FANUC America Appoints New President and CEO

Mike Cicco, FANUC America “I am excited and honored to take on this role, and I look forward to working with Rick and our talented senior leadership team to achieve our future growth objectives.”
Mike Cicco is responsible for all of the company’s operations in North and South America.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Next Generation Safety Certified Robot Monitoring Software

With SafeMove2 software, the tools to facilitate collaboration between man and machine are a reality. If an operator needs to interact with the robot system, safety sensors can be incorporated into the robot cell to detect the person’s presence. After being detected, it will either supervise the robot’s speed or monitor it while it is standing still. Once the person clears the zone, the robot can resume operation. The end result is less down time and increased productivity.
SafeMove2 from ABB Robotics integrates safety features directly into the robot controller, such as cutting-edge safe speed limits, safe standstill monitoring, safe axis ranges and position, and orientation supervision.

Modular Workcell for Robotic Welding of Large Workpieces

Ideal for manufacturers of heavy transportation, agriculture and construction equipment, the modular ArcWorld 2000 workcell scales easily from a single-station layout with a reduced floorspace footprint to a two-robot dual station configuration that makes it easily adaptable to changing production demands.
The powerful, flexible, pre-engineered ArcWorld 2000 workcell from Yaskawa Motoman is perfect for low to medium volume shops with a medium to high mix of parts.

Free Filler Metal App for Android Devices

To determine filler metal volume, users simply select the type of weld joint, enter its dimensions, and provide total weld length, material and transfer modes. The app recommends the type and amount of filler metal needed. It also calculates the heat input for a given application based on voltage, amperage and travel speed variables.
The Hobart Filler Metal Selector and Calculator determines the filler metal volume required and more for specific weld joints.