Robotic welding offers many advantages over manual welding. In addition to higher productivity, robotic welding often allows for improved product quality, throughput, and lower operating costs. Because of the numerous benefits robotic welding provides, the technology has advanced greatly over the past few decades.
For first time users of welding robots, finding the correct process and welding equipment can be a challenge, given the wide range of options available. When trying to determine the best robotic welding system for your application, there are a number of things to consider.
Types of Robotic Welding Processes
The first step in identifying the type of robotic welding system that’s best for you is to determine which type of welding process you require. There are many different types of robotic welding, including:
- Resistance Spot Welding
- Laser welding
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
- Thin Gauge Arc Welding
- Plasma welding
- Laser Hybrid Welding
Each type of robotic welding process has it’s advantages and disadvantages in specific scenarios. Taking a close look at each one will help determine which one most closely aligns with your needs.
Types of Robotic Welding Equipment
Beyond the type of robotic welding process, there are a number of equipment considerations. First, there are automation peripherals and consumables to choose from that help boost productivity and return quicker return on investment (ROI). Whether it’s consumables such as contact tips and retaining heads and liners, or peripherals like nozzle cleaning stations or wire cutters, welding equipment plays a vital role in robots achieving peak productivity.
In addition to consumables and automation peripherals, connected manufacturing software has to be evaluated. Machine communication software, remote support capabilities, manufacturing execution software, performance analytics and more take robotic welding processes to an entirely different level of productivity.
Investing in robotic welding systems, especially when paired with the latest software and equipment, enhances your competitiveness in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
Choosing the right type of robotic welding process and equipment is important to maximizing the potential productivity of automation. While there are many different options for first time users of welding robots, taking a close look at each process and equipment mentioned above will help narrow down the options.
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