Robotic welding automation using 3D printing
Even though, companies have the idea that robots are difficult to program, they soon learn that robots are easier to program and that in the long run it’s easier to train someone to operate the robot than teaching somebody to weld. Now, however, a team of students at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has taken another approach – they’ve created the world’s first stainless steel bike made via a welding-based 3D-printing technique.The students want to demonstrate the potential of the robot welding technology.
Programming a robot involves teach and play back by driving the robot from point to point from the teach pendant or controller, using either plus or minus keys or a joystick. The operator doesn’t need to memorize any code. It will also support the human health, safety, and employment costs.
The investment in just one robotic cell in robotic welding system could take over a higher percentage of the total welding output, therefore a greater return on investment.
Why to invest in Robotic Welding Systems?
Robotic welding systems is no longer just for large manufacturers; it also offers benefits for small enterprises. Robotic welding is an automated process that improves productivity and weld consistency to lower costs for production, labour, materials and it also helps companies gain a competitive advantage over those businesses that have not made the transition to automated robotic welding.
The decision to adopt robotic welding systems is getting easier every day because the lack of skilled welders available to fulfil the requirements of large and small companies. They can also gain greater flexibility through adding automation. Particularly SEMs are beginning to make the investment on this technology and realizing positive results.
There are some key considerations to make before adding robotic welding systems in your company. It is important to ensure that the parts to be welded are appropriate to an automated welding process, selecting the right system, physical space and training welding operators properly are just a few factors that can help companies gain the best in efficiency and maximise on the return on investment.
Benefits of robotic welding systems
- Robotic welding systems offer consistency and repeatability of the welds produced. A robotic welder is more consistent and can move from one weld to the next quickly, speeding up the entire process.
- Significant improvements in productivity and finished part quality
- Lower production costs by reducing labour requirements. You can have a good welder supervising the work of several automated cells instead having to find and train a lot of welders for the job.
- Consistent cycle times, no break in production, and better weld allowing for less weld spattering and less post-weld clean-up
- Reduce the time and money spent on rework. Lower production costs by reducing waste materials.
- Robotic welding systems can tolerate much harsher work environments