Welding automation used to be for the big boys! High volume – low mix – expensive integration. Times have changed. Robotic welding automation has come to the masses, but when and how do you know it is right for you? This question is the same for companies big and small it’s just that big companies have practiced asking these questions. Here are some places to start if you need help?
While people worry that automated welding could replace workers, it’s important to think about if you are going to use a semi automated or fully automated system. When you worry about it replacing workers, you are likely thinking of a fully automated system.
Industrial robots were once strictly limited in mobility and functionality. However, recent innovations in robotic technology have paved the way for more agile and practical robots used alongside human personnel in industrial facilities. These machines are known as collaborative robots—or cobots—and promise a number of advantages over traditional manufacturing robots.
Many companies have adopted robotic automation to improve or speed up their welding operations. With aluminum, this has been a more difficult endeavor due to a couple of reasons. The first is aluminum is more challenging to weld than other more common materials like carbon steel and stainless steel. Another challenge is making the robotic weld look as good as the previous hand welded parts in most cases TIG welded (GTAW). Read on to see how to improve your robotically welded aluminum application.
As a business owner, you know the value of finding the right tool for the job. That may be a team, a specialist, or, in many cases, an actual tool. But you also know the value of efficiency and how it can make or break your company. What you may not know is how to use this type of innovation to bring your company to the forefront of its industry. Read on to learn more about what flexible automation really means – and why it matters to you.