Automation/Robotics

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.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

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.

Marine Shipyard Invests in Vision Welding Portal

Senesco Marine has successfully built and delivered on-time nearly two dozen 60k, 80K and 100K barrel double-hulled fuel and chemical barges with accompanying ATB Tugs for clients, and are constructing a current line of 100K barrel double-hulled fuel and chemical barges with accompanying ATB Tugs. 
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: Industry News

Yaskawa Mexico Hires General Manager

Germán Villalobos, Yaskawa Mexico As their new general manager, he is responsible for the operation of the company's three facilities located in Mexico: Aguascalientes, Apodaca and Queretaro.
Germán Villalobos is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and sales growth in Mexico.

Lincoln Electric Acquires Vizient

This deal helps diversify their end market exposure and broadens their growth opportunities in automation.

Yaskawa Motoman Demonstrates Career Opportunities to Students

Attendees of the Yaskawa Motoman event saw live robotics demonstrations.
In recognition of National Robotics Week, students toured their facility to learn about industrial robotics and many related career path opportunities.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

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.

Automating Welding Operations

The new TPS/i Robotics welding power source from Fronius is specially tailored to the demands of robot-aided welding. Its integrated and fully synchronized system components enable robots to weld faster than ever before, with a higher degree of repeatability, enhanced weld seam quality and minimal spatter. (first view)
Increased speed. Higher quality welds. Reduced errors. These are only a few of the many reasons why more shops want to automate work throughout the welding process. Here are some of the latest systems they should consider.

Extended Robotic Welding Range, Speed, Accuracy

The IRBT 2005 from ABB is a flexible, compact and modular medium track motion platform for both robots and transfer applications that is ideal for arc welding that requires an extended working range and high degrees of speed and accuracy. It is the only track motion platform on the market to guarantee up to 50 percent shorter cycle times. (view one)
ABB Robotics introduces the flexible, compact and modular IRBT 2005 medium track motion platform for automated robotic welding, and the IRB 2600ID integrated dress pack robot with an extended reach and heavy payload that is ideal for arc welding.