Adapting an automated system is an increasingly inevitable process in modern manufacturing. Starting from German manufacturing, the idea of industry 4.0 aims to change the face of manufacturing fully by introducing automated systems and artificial intelligence and encouraging robotic operations. The goal is to create automated factories with superior productivity and the ability to self-modify the manufacturing process. Industry 4.0 redefines all the traditional ways of manufacturing, developing and distributing products.
At AMP, we bring in automation in multiple metal processing techniques. What’s more, we’ve applied and transcended into a sophisticated manufacturing process using robotic welding. Our experience in operating robotic welding cells and computer numerical control (CNC) systems guarantees superiority in our metal fabrication services. The consistency in the quality of our services makes AMP stand out in the industry.
The technique of robotic welding augments the quality of metal fabrication. It works precisely and consistently with high productivity. The features of low waste and low energy save fabrication costs, while other advantages improve fabricators’ welfare thanks to safer working conditions.
To help you understand more about the benefit of introducing robotic welding in your metal fabrication project, this article shares and elaborates on 10 different advantages of robotic welding.
Robotic welding is a modern solution in welding technology in metal fabrication industries. The welding cell is composed of a robotic arm and a welding bench. Depending on the model and the needs of the project, some robotic welding cells also include a safety fence or glass to separate the operating area from others. The robotic welding cell is controlled by a computer. With coded instructions, the robotic arm works in vivid, strong motions resembling human mobility thanks to multiple minor engines, and welds metals beyond human limitations.
Robotic welding is a technique in the AMP arsenal that excels in every project due to equipment endurance and highly skilled operators. We have acquired the most cutting-edge technology and equipment to bring our client's designs to life. Our skilled experts analyse and design each metal handling task needed to best fit your project and execute it to the highest quality. If you’re curious about our robotic welding services, discover all the characteristics on our robotic welding page.
All movements of the robotic welding arm are controlled by a computer system. For each project, fabricators design the code based on a blueprint and enter the system specifications for the robotic welding cell to execute. Once it's received the input, the robotic equipment will start working accordingly, with incomparable precision. In combination with technology such as robotic laser welding, the robotic equipment can weld the metal with high accuracy and control the welding heat transfer to quickly ensure minor welding seams and avoid the risk of deforming the metal.
One of the greatest advantages of robotic welding is its ability to operate on small objects and perform detailing well. With the correct settings, the robot can weld pieces of metal in any size required. Also, by changing minor digits in the computer system, robotic operators can execute the same design in different sizes and ratios. This feature makes traditional fabrication struggle to compete. The flexibility also expands the possibilities and potential of your design without adding more complexity and work.
The consistency and repeatability of robotic welding make each move exactly the same. This is crucial in mass production. The consistency in workings minimises the number of deviations that occur, reduces waste of material and saves effort in adjustment. The repeatability also guarantees full consistency in quality. For the high requirements of consistent accuracy in technology- and manufacturing-related industries, reliable results from operating under the steady output of a machine ensure the quality of your products every time.
Minus the time for maintenance, robotic welding cells run for over 16 hours per day with consistency in quality. According to your needs, more welding benches and even flippable benches can be added to the robotic cell to maximise the production capacity of each unit. More than the working hours and capability, robotic arms reach the welding position quickly. They function well regardless of the difficulty and differences within different types of materials. These features make robotic welding a productive addition to metal processing.
Other than the fact that robotic welding is more precise and ensures less variation, the ability to control the welding seam to its minimum size and make cleaner edges enables it to generate better results from the get-go, with less waste. This helps you save material and the trouble of a second operation to furnish the edges. For a technique such as robotic laser welding, the superior focusing performance of the laser beam welds accurately with strong connections while vaporising debris in the process.
Robotic welding is an excellent option for heavy product industries such as automobiles or aerospace. Automated systems and robotic equipment are easy to clean and maintain. With the correct settings and arrangements, robotic welding complies with any kind of safety requirements. If required by regulation, robotic operators are more than capable of working in a sterile environment.
Many locations where welding is required are less than safe for manual welding by an operator. High temperatures, narrow spaces, bad ventilation and surrounding toxic chemicals can make some welding locations extremely unsafe for welders. With the assistance of robotic welding cells, operators can remain in safe locations and operate the robotic weld from afar. As such, fabricators elevate safety and comfort in work while delivering the best quality outcome.
For operation quality, robotic welding cells are designed with hidden cables to minimise exposure. This not only increases the safety of machines and personnel, but the design of hidden cables also greatly raises the flexibility of operations and reduces the blind spot for welding. For employees, robotic welding provides a better working environment because it can be assigned to work in poor conditions. The option of working at a distance with no need for heavy protective gear also improves employees’ comfort.
For welding technology such as robotic laser welding, it is possible to weld on a wide range of applications. What’s more, robotic welding ensures continuous flexible automation which refers to a robotic welding system programmed to complete multiple welds in multiple locations and on multiple parts. In these systems, programmable logic controllers are deployed to handle the application variability. With the opportunity to add benches in your robotic welding cell, you can maximise the productivity of your weldments.
While there are many kinds of welding techniques (TIG, MIG, Arc, SMAW, Flux and so on), robotic welding works best with laser welding. Robotic laser welding creates a neat but strong connection in processing. It requires no second furnishing and causes less waste of material and energy.
Robotic laser welding connects the metal with a neat and clean welding seam efficiently. As well as being a more material- and energy-saving technique, robotic laser welding also keeps the heat influence to the minimum with its precise movements and avoids deforming the metal in the process.
Are you looking for a welding partner and now wondering if robotic options are better for your projects? More often than not, they are. Don’t hesitate to connect with our experts for a non-committing consultation on robotic welding and automated metal processing.
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