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Gas metal arc welding, or GMAW, robotic applications are some of the most commonly used welding applications in the industrial field today. GMAW applications have many different benefits and advantages over other types of welding, including consistent, continuous welds and a more user-friendly interface. One of the best things about GMAW robots, from a manufacturer’s standpoint, is their user-friendly interface, as mentioned above.
Gas tungsten arc welding, also known as GTAW, is a type of welding that is commonplace in the industrial world. It is common because it can weld more materials than any other welding process in existence. It doesn’t matter if it is a stainless steel, aluminum, chrome-moly, nickel, or titanium, GTAW robotic systems can weld it. So, beyond the obvious flexibility of the GTAW robot when it comes to work pieces, why invest in one? That is simple. It isn’t just that if can weld anything.
Robotic welding systems cost quite a bit of money, sometimes upwards of $100,000.00, depending on what system you buy, whether the system is new or used, what features and software it has, etc. So, as you would imagine, it is very important for a company’s management team to know the payback on a robotic welding system before deciding whether or not to invest. In many cases, the payback for a robotic welder can be fairly quick.
Touch sensing is an important innovation in robotic welding automation, especially in MIG welding. These sensors allow the robot to not only sense the joint or seam of a work piece, but they are also able to plot points and remember welding routes, ensuring the welds are consistent and durable every single time. According to FabTechExpo.com, touch sensing is a software system that uses a welding wire or a nozzle to assist the robot in locating the joint in a robotic welding application.
For many years there has been the debate about which is better: fixed automation or robotic automation. Each has its benefits, and each has its own setbacks. But, when you are think about automating your welding processes, how do you make a choice between the two? If you are looking for machinery to weld repetitive straight welds or round welds, and the part is rotated, fixed automation may be the efficient, cost-effective way to go, according to FabtechExpo.com.
When it comes to industrial welding, not everything is an aluminum and steel car frame that can be welded with a couple of regular old arc welding robots. Sometimes, heavy arc welding systems need to be used to weld really large work pieces and products. These heavy arc welders can meet several different requirements for large production, including consistent welds, faster production times and even less waste.
It is important for manufacturers to have real-time data about what is going on during their robotic welding automation processes. Without proper welding information management, companies would not have any idea what to change or tweak to meet their goals. By implementing a robotic automation system with information management software, manufacturers are able to improve their welding productivity.
Robotic welding has been around basically as long as robotic automation, and it continues to improve as companies like ABB, KUKA, Motoman and FANUC continue to design innovative welding solutions that work in a variety of industrial settings. However there are some applications that tend to work better than others when it comes to robotic welding. Some of the best applications for welding robot automation are high-volume, low variety applications.
Jewelry production deals with very small pieces and is probably one of the most intricate manufacturing processes for consumer goods on the market today. These small pieces can be difficult to solder or weld, especially when being handled by human hands. However, when laser welding robots are used to weld these pieces, production is speed up exponentially and the possibilities of errors is decreased significantly.
Robotic welding applications can be used for almost any type of metal, as long as you do your research and match the right application to the right type of metal. This is extremely important when dealing with coated metals like zinc-coated steel, which has a lower melting point than steel, and has to be welded with certain precautions. According to KeyToMetals.