AutoGuide Plus – reliable torch guidance in one package
Simply press the start button and the welding task is carried out exactly – without any expensive robots ... With the AutoGuide Plus, partially automated welding is guaranteed to succeed. This automatic torch guide with optical seam tracking sensor ensures that the welding torch welds where it is supposed to weld. If components have been prefabricated outside the tolerance or if the tolerance is too large, a programmed, automatically produced weld seam is quickly at a spot where it does not belong. The AutoGuide Plus 2-axis torch guidance system corrects the welding path in real time based on the seam tracking sensor TH6 data and makes constant observation of the welding process by an employee unnecessary. Even with reflective materials.
Significant cost savings in production
AutoGuide Plus is very easy to use with just a few simple selection menus. There is no need for time-consuming training of the operating personnel, programming knowledge is not required. Three positions are defined in advance and set on the device, as well as the sensor and the seam position to be searched. Press the start button and off you go. Monitoring by employees is no longer necessary, because the system works completely independently and corrects the torch position automatically. An employee can operate several welding processes with AutoGuide Plus at the same time and always gets the perfect weld. All in all, it increases efficiency, quantities and quality. Significantly!
Where AutoGuide Plus can be used
- In combination with a turntable – ideal for round seams such as tubes, pipes, etc.
- Mounted on a welding portal – masters long horizontal seams such as truck trailers, trains, etc.
- Mounted on a welding boom – for long vertical seams such as cranes, standing pipes, scaffolding, etc.
AutoGuide at one glance
- Can be connected and integrated very easily (plug & weld)
- Ideal for simple repeating welding tasks
- Offers operating menu in different languages
- Two movable axes (axis cross) guide sensor and welding torch
- Allows perfect weld seams of highest quality
- Guarantees high positioning accuracy through three-line lasers
- Provides great stability in the measurement data acquisition
- Corrects the seam tracking in real time
- Suitable for almost all welding processes
- Guarantees stable detection even with reflective materials
- Ideal for large, long or round components likewise
- Realizes even large quantities
Cross-axis with two movable axes
The three positions for the perfect weld
The start search begins from a predefined parking position (home position). The welding torch assumes this position whenever it is not working. As soon as a task is completed, it returns to the home position.
The axis system moves to the preset search starting position with the optical seam tracking sensor TH6 and the welding torch. From this point, the search run begins, which can be configured as required. Once the sensor has found the weld seam, it transmits the position data to the axis control. Torch system and sensor then move to their working position.
When the working position (e. g. welding position) is reached, a signal is sent to the higher-level control system, which controls all other components. Normally, all components – such as a power source or turntable – are controlled in their entirety by a higher-level controller.
How optical seam tracking works
The path to the perfect weld is guaranteed with the TH6 seam tracking sensors. These record and measure contact-free joint contours with height offset, gap, angle and – with the TH6i – also butt joints. A line generator creates three measuring lines that are projected onto the workpiece. A diffuse reflection arises, which needs to be in the field of view of the camera lens and is detected by the CMOS sensor. With the optical distance measurement – the so-called laser triangulation – the working distance as well as the position and inclination of the material to be welded can now be determined. Gap size, edge offset on the joint and the current seam position are recorded as measured values and sent to the sensor process computer. These values are passed on to the axis control, which then determines the positioning of the welding torch.
Schematic representation of laser triangulation (= optical distance measurement) in which a light pattern of three parallel laser lines is
projected onto the component surface at an angle of approx. 20°:
1. Laser diode
2. Collimator optics
3. Projection optics
4. Light detector
5. Lens (receiver optics)
6. Measuring object (component)
7. Measurement 1 and measurement 2
|Working distance:||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm|
|Measurement rate:||60 Hz||60 Hz||60 Hz||60 Hz|
10°C – 45°C
10°C – 45°C
10°C – 45°C
10°C – 45°C
(W x H x D):
|70 x 40 x 100 mm||70 x 40 x 100 mm||70 x 40 x 100 mm||70 x 40 x 100 mm|
|Measuring range (W, H):||35 mm, 60 mm||16 mm, 24 mm||40 mm, 80 mm||16 mm, 24 mm|
|Resolution (WxH):||0.06 x 0.10 mm||0.03 x 0.07 mm||
0.08 x 0.12 mm
0.03 x 0.07 mm
butt joints from
0.02 mm gap
|Lenght x- /y-axis:||200 mm||300 mm|
|Load capacity per axis:||15 kg||100 kg|
Both axis variants (200 mm and 300 mm) are available with 15 kg as well
as 100 kg load capacity.
Axes with 300 mm operating lengths
As an additional offer, because the standard axes have a travel of 200 mm.
Axes with increased payload
While the standard axes have a load capacity of 15 kg, there are also optional axes with a 100 kg load capacity. These are particularly suitable for submerged welding applications, where a small powder container can be attached to the axis system.
Air conditioning for the control unit
Especially for work in a hot atmosphere or with hot components.
When faster data communication with real-time properties is desired.
Space-saving angular gear
Solves space problems when the process is generally too tight.
The AutoGuide Plus system also includes suitable air and liquid cooled welding torch types, as well as torch mounts with and without a shutdown function. And in addition, other accessories up to the complete welding equipment including the iROB power source are available.