Spool Welding Robot SWR
Collaborative welding robot for today's pipe welding processes
The Spool Welding Robot SWR increases pipe shop productivity and reduces costs for pipe fabrication. Combining efficient welding technology with statistical reporting, the Spool Welding Robot works with a junior welding operator in the smallest footprint in the industry to maximize your production and space while reducing operating cost. From Novarc Technologies in a global collaboration with ABICOR BINZEL.
Spool Welding Robot Advantages:
- Automatic root to cap without arc restart with 100% duty cycle robotic welding gun
- Semi-autonomous laser seam tracking with .01 mm accuracy finds the seam perfectly
- Groundbreaking NovEye™ camera and NovData™ data collection system gets a clear view of the process and results
- Open platform with a small 4' x 4' footprint integrates multiple positioners within a small space
- Able to weld pipe spools using GMAW & MCAW standard with optional FCAW package
- Complete ABICOR BINZEL Product Solution suite including ABIROB W, TH6D Laser Seam Tracking, EWR 2 Net, and MasterLiner.
Spool Welding Robot at a Glance:
Top-notch BINZEL Technology
SWR combines the best of ABICOR BINZEL welding solutions for the highest performance weld performance possible. Featuring:
- ABIROB W
- EWR 2 / EWR 2 Net
- TH6D Seam Tracking
- MasterLiner Wire Feeding
The gamechanging NovEye™ camera and NovData™ software give welders and operators unmatched view and data for:
- Weld Performance (current, WFS, travel speed, etc.)
- Weld arc inside the groove
- Daily Operations Reports
Small Shop Footprint
The Spool Welding Robot's small 4' x 4' is easy to fit within your busy spool fabrication shop and is equipped for:
- Quick use with 2+ positioners
- Integration with your existing pipe positioners
- Multiple weld processes
For Welders and Managers
Spool Welding Robot is made with ease of use and collaboration in mind. Using the SWR in your pipe fabrication allows:
- Operation by a Junior Welder
- No special programming
- No hard fencing needed
- Ready. Set. Weld.
Spool Welding Robot Videos:
What is the Spool Welding Robot?
SWR Welding Various Pipe Shapes, Sizes, & Types
ABIROB W + Spool Welding Robot
Spool Welding Robot vs. Manual Pipe Welding
NovEye™ Weld Monitoring Camera
TH6D Laser Seam Tracking + Spool Welding Robot
Please note consultations are for U.S. and Canada-based companies only. If outside that area, please contact your area ABICOR BINZEL office.
|Pipe diameters:||2" - 60"|
Carbon & low alloy steels
Stainless & nickel alloys
|Working radius:||15 feet|
|Footprint:||4' x 4'|
|Manipulator height:||15 feet|
|Manipulator working height:||1 - 9 feet|
|HMI screen:||15" touch (analog resistive)|
|Pendant:||6.5" touch with joystick|
|Horizontal seam tracking accuracy:||+ / - 0.1 mm|
|Vertical distance control accuracy:||+ / - 0.1 mm|
|Weave stroke:||1 inch|
|Weave frequency:||0 - 5 Hz|
|Weave dwell:||0 - 0.4 seconds|
.035" - 0.62"
0.9 - 1.6 mm
Solid, metal-cored, & flux-cored
30 - 1200 in/min
0.8 - 30.5 m/min
ABIROB® W Robotic MIG Gun
|ABIROB® W 500|
550 A CO2
500 A Mixed gases M 21 (EN ISO 14175)
|Duty cycle:||100 %|
|Wire-Ø:||0.8 - 1.6 mm|
MasterLiner Wire Feed Conduit
|22.0 mm (without outer hose) / 34.0 mm (with outer hose)|
|Wire Ø:||max. 1.2 mm||max. 1.2 mm|
|Weight:||approx. 400 g/m
with aramid coating)
|approx. 250 g/m
(without outer hose) /
approx. 400 g/m
(with outer hose)
|Recommended length (max.):||25.0 m||25.0 m|
|Bend radius (min.):||150 mm||150 mm|
|Flexibility/tensile strength:||1.500 N||600 N|
G 1/8″ and optional
|G 1/8″ and optional
G 1/4″ (on request)
TH6D Laser Seam Tracker
|Measuring rate:||60 – 240 Hz|
|Dimensions (WxHxD):||70 x 40 x 100 mm|
|Operating temperature:||10ºC to 45ºC|
EWR 2 / EWR 2 Net Gas Management System
24 V DC ±20 %
24 V DC
|Media temperature:||10 – 40 °C
14 – 122 °F
|Ambient temperature:||-10 – +50 °C
50 – 104 °F
|Relative humidity:||20 – 90 %|
|Flow rate range:||2 – 30 l/min
4.23 – 63.5 cfh
|Tolerance flow rate:||
|Shunt types:||150 A / 300 A / 500 A|
|Gas inlet pressure:||1 – 6 bar
14.5 – 87 psi
When you see a solution like the collaborative Spool Welding Robot, there are surely questions. Some simple, some more complex. Based on your feedback, we've compiled the 23 most frequently asked questions on the collaborative Spool Welding Robot to answer for you.
1. What are the main features of the collaborative Spool Welding Robot?
Using a laser scanner, point lasers, and closed-loop control systems, the SWR automatically maintains the torch to pipe distance with 0.1mm accuracy and assists the operator in seam tracking so the primary focus can remain on the weld. Depending on the fit up, additional operator input may be required for seam tracking.
As a collaborative welding robot, the SWR is designed to meet all the safety requirements of ISO 15066; therefore, it does not require fencing or a safety cell. A Junio welder can stand beside the robot and make changes during the weld as required.
Among industrial spool welding robots, the SWR has the largest ratio of reach to the footprint. With a footprint of 24 SF, the SWR has a radial reach of 15’ which allows for welds in pipe modules and spools up to and including 30’.
Designed for semi-automatic 1G roll welding, the SWR significantly improves the ergonomics of pipe welding by having the robot take on the heavy lifting of a consistent weave motion.
The SWR provides repeatability and reliability; The NovData™ logging software captures all available data for each weld pass for future analysis and reporting.
The SWR is equipped with the NovEye™ software which can display the weld to the operator as it progresses and records a video from each weld for analysis and future production improvements.
2. What are Collaborative Robots?
Collaborative robots (cobots) are a new family of robots that are safe to collaborate with people on a factory floor. In contrast with robots, cobots do not require a safety cell; instead, they work with human operators.
Cobots don’t require to be programmed and they are very easy to work with. In addition, they are less expensive and have small footprints compared to traditional robots.
There are many generic six-axis cobots on the market today including Universal Robots, Rethink Robots, YuMi, and others.
3. What size of pipe can be welded with the SWR?
The base model of the SWR can weld Schedule 40 and Schedule 80 pipes from 4” and up. If your pipe falls outside these specs, we can help you but need to know more about your application first.
4. Which welding processes can the Spool Welding Robot support?
The primary welding process is GMAW and MCAW. We use modified short-circuit on the root (STT, RMD, LSC) and use modified waveform pulse processes for solid wire flux core or metal-cored wire for fill and cap passes.
TIG, SAW and FCAW are also available as custom options. Talk to our sales team if you’d like to know more about your specific process.
5. What material can be welded with the SWR?
SWR can weld:
6. Does the Spool Welding Robot weld pipe root to cap automatically?
Yes, the SWR has the ability to switch between weld modes without shutting off the arc.
7. Can I use my existing positioner?
Yes. Most any standard pipe positioner works with the Spool Welding Robot to produce quality welds.
8. What power sources can be used with the Spool Welding Robot?
Available power source options are Power Wave® R450, Auto-Continuum™ 500, and Fronius TPS 400i LSC Advanced.
9. Does the SWR come with a power source?
Yes, all units are quoted with a power source. Customers can supply their own as well, but the power source must be a specific robotic model made by either Miller / Lincoln / Fronius.
10. Does the SWR fall under robotic welding from a welding procedure standpoint?
Based on industry standards, the SWR falls under mechanized welding, given that the operator interacts with the machine and makes on-the-fly adjustments. This means - among other things - that fencing or a protective barrier is not required for the SWR to operate.
11. What is the floor layout required for the SWR?
The SWR takes a 4’ x 6’ floor footprint, and it does not block forklift traffic nor interfere with shop cranes, as the arm and boom can be extended and retracted to accommodate activity on the production floor.
12. How much productivity and capacity can I expect from using the SWR?
A significant amount of productivity and capacity can be expected from using the SWR, but how much exactly depends on your current welding process. As a general rule of thumb from extensive research and user experience, one SWR with an operator can produce the same output as 4 welders using SMAW, and 2 welders using manual GMAW.
13. Why does productivity improve with the SWR?
By eliminating the torch hand control, the mechanized weave relieves welder fatigue. This allows the Spool Welding Robot to produce a higher deposition rate, higher production, faster track speeds and the ability to run pre-programmed welds.
14. What is the ROI to invest in an SWR unit?
With just a few details about your operation, we’ll have your ROI calculated: http://novarctech.com/roi
15. How does the SWR fit into a production flow?
The SWR is designed to fit in pipe fabrication shops because the height does not interfere with overhead cranes. In addition, the SWR can be easily parked to allow shop traffic to pass.
16. How long does it take to install and commission the SWR?
It takes two days to install the SWR and only one day to commission it.
17. How long does it take to train an operator and what skill level should they have?
It takes 2-3 days to train an operator for both operations and maintenance. The operators should know the basics of welding and have some welding experience.
18. How can I monitor the production of the SWR?
The SWR comes with the NovData™ production monitoring software that produces daily reports. The daily report includes the following information:
- Production time
- Welding time
- Pipe diameter
It also creates a time-stamped log file with:
- Weld Current
- Wire Feed Speed
- Travel speed
- Other relevant weld and motion parameters for each weld
The SWR also comes with a camera built into its robotic arm. With this feature, operators get a clear view from inside the groove on the HMI as each weld progresses in real time. NovEye™ records all videos for future analysis.
19. What shielding gas is required?
Welding shielding depends on the welding process and filler metal. Our technical team can assist you with specific welding applications. The SWR uses 15% CO2 and 85% Argon for root to cap welding on steel pipe.
20. What type of joint preparation and tolerance are required?
The STT is highly tolerant of pipe prep variations. Typically the SWR requires less than 3mm hi-lo in pipes.
21. What are the power and air requirements?
The SWR needs 3 phase power and a minimum of 85 PSI compressed air. The electrical power can be any of the standard voltages between 208V and 600V.
22. How does the robot connect with the rotator?
We add servo motor to your existing positioner so the SWR would be able to control it.
23. How does the safety system work on the SWR?
The SWR has built-in speed and torque monitoring systems that ensure speed and forces are within required levels at all times.
24. How much maintenance is required on the SWR?
The SWR is designed to be a robust machine. As a result, only minimal maintenance is required. Maintenance training is included with the robot training.
25. Can the SWR be moved around the shop?
The SWR needs to be anchored to a minimum 6” concrete slab. However, you can move it between previously installed base locations using overhead cranes.
26. Can the SWR be used outside the shop?
The SWR is designed for indoor usage. It can be used in the field or in a work yard, provided it is protected from the elements.
27. How heavy is the SWR?
The SWR weighs approximately 3000 lbs.
28. What are the bevel requirements for the pipes?
Refer to the bevel requirements document for more information.
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