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Cannot find enough welders? Could a collaborative robot welder help?

Technology Update on robotic welding: Learn how a collaborative robot could help with welding applications.
By Mark T. Hoske October 15, 2019
Collaborative robots are being applied as welders, especially useful for companies who cannot hire enough welders and may not have robotic experience. Courtesy: Universal Robots

Here’s how you know if a collaborative robot could help with welding. If you:

  • Have robot users without a lot of robot experience
  • Have low-volume and high mix welding jobs
  • Need quality metal processing equipment.

This is among advice offered by Mitch Dupon, application development engineering with Universal Robots, and speaker in an Oct. 15 Control Engineering and Plant Engineering webcast on robotic welding called “Collaborative robots are now skilled welders, what’s next?

Certain welding applications, such as certified welding, pipe welding, and oil and gas shipping are not appropriate for robots, Dupon said.

Traditional robot welding is caged with the robots moving at maximums speeds, but with sub-assemblies, tooling often is expensive and inflexible. Robotic programmers need to have significant experience.

When collaborative robots weld

Collaborative robots can be applied to welding applications that:

  • Have a small footprint
  • Need fast tool-up for small batch runs
  • Are easy to program, meaning programs can be created in less time than welding the parts would take
  • Require benefits of traditional welding automation.

The Oct. 15, 2019, webcast has videos, photos, more details, robotic welding application discussion, a question and answer session and will be archived for a year for viewing. It covers obstacles and threats of labor shortages, cost overruns, and quality and reviews barriers of entry to robotic implementations, especially welding.

Mark T. Hoske is content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, mhoske@cfemedia.com.

KEYWORDS: Robotic welding, collaborative robots

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For more on this topic, see related webcast: “Collaborative robots are now skilled welders, what’s next?

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Mark T. Hoske
Author Bio: Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor/content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop. He has been writing about technology since 1987, writing professionally since 1982, and has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from UW-Madison.