Robotic Welding Systems
Robotic welding was designed to ease the production efforts for welders and facilities throughout the industry. In a world where technology continues to advance, the manufacturing industry has taken advantage of robotic welding benefits. With speed and accuracy being two of the most important goals in all welding operations, robotic welding has grown as a "go-to" leading application process. Whether your facility is large or small, there are a variety of automated welding solutions available to you.
Benefits of Robotic Welding Systems
Accuracy, efficiency, and repeatability describe the primary benefits that go along with installing a robotic welding cell into your work processes. The productivity increase for manufacturers across the world has led automated welding systems to be adopted in high numbers. As the number of welders continues to decrease in comparison to the demands of the industry, a need for automation has been sought at increasingly high rates. Robotic welding cells have allowed for increased throughput and decreased production costs in a number of different operational settings.
The repeatability and consistency of a robot is no match for the unpredictability of human welders. One major consideration when contemplating a robotic welding cell concerns operation cost. Automated applications can be pricy, but it’s the long-term investment that you need to think about. As the demand for welding projects continues to increase, so does the value of investing in a robotic welding system of your own.
Types of Robotic Welding
Due to wide demand across industries, robotic welding cells were designed to work with an array of welding processes. Some common terms you will hear are MIG, TIG, Arc, and Collaborative (Cobot) Welding. The application process you use is dependent upon your operational needs, but as long as your work is repeatable a robotic cell will be of benefit to you. Choosing the correct type of robotic welding for your welding process will affect the productivity benefits you see in your facility.
Robotic MIG Welding
As with manual MIG welding, robotic MIG welding involves a wire moving through a contact tip to melt wire along two pieces of metal in order to join them together. This welding application type is one of the most popular throughout the industry. Robotic MIG torches will increase accuracy and speed within your facility which is why most welders choose this easy-to-use process. Other robotic MIG welding applications may use arc or spot-welding techniques.
Abicor Binzel offers a variety of robotic MIG welding torches. Each torch was designed for different purposes. The most common types are water-cooled and air-cooled torches.
Robotic TIG Welding
Robotic TIG welding occurs when the weld arc is created by a tungsten electrode which causes metals to heat and form together. This process is usually used in more precise, unique welding jobs. While robotic TIG welding may not be as fast as robotic MIG welding, it can ensure the highest quality welds possible.
Abicor Binzel offers a standard robotic water-cooled TIG welding torch.
Collaborative Robotic Welding
The newest addition to the robotic welding world is collaborative robots, also commonly referred to as Cobots. The name says it all and this robotic system works collaboratively with you. Having a robotic partner is a major benefit since it increases production efficiency and minimizes weld errors or mistakes. Having human eyes with a robot’s accuracy working together allows for the ultimate welding team. Cobots have built in safety features which allow the side-by-side collaboration of a robot and human welder.
Robotic Welding Equipment and Accessories
An automated welding cell and robotic welding torch make up only the beginning of the automation journey. Robotic welding peripherals and accessories are what make this welding technique one of the most popular application processes. With additional equipment paired to your robot, performance will continue improve. It is peripherals such as robotic mounts and wire cutting stations that further simplify the robotic welding process and allow for user-friendly usage. Technology such as seam tracking sensors and weld inspection devices lead to welding performance improvements because collecting data and visualizing mistakes have become easier and more readily available.
Abicor Binzel’s line of robotic peripherals includes a variety of robotic mounts, a wire cutting station, and torch cleaning station. This additional equipment is what will set you apart from your competitor down the road. Investing in progressive equipment to continue learning and improving your process is how you continue to reap the benefits of your robotic welding cell.
Along with these systems, we also provide a number of solutions to advance your robotic welding process. This may include equipment like the EWR gas management system, seam tracking and weld inspection devices, or wire feeding systems. Once you have a working robotic cell, much like the robotic peripherals, this equipment will only benefit you and your facility as you continue to grow as a true automated welding expert.
Additional robotic welding equipment that Abicor Binzel offers is the Spool Welding Robot (SWR) and our line of Scansonic Laser Welding & Brazing solutions. The SWR is used in pipe welding applications while the Scansonic laser products are used in robotic laser applications.
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