Welding automation is broken down into two basic categories: Semi-automatic and Fully Automatic. In semi-automatic welding, an operator manually loads the part(s) into the welding fixture. A weld controller then controls the torch/part motions and welding parameters to ensure a quality, repeatable weld. After the weld is completed, the operator then removes the completed part and the process begins again.
Fully automatic welding uses a custom machine or series of machines to load the workpiece, index the part or torch into position, affect the weld, monitor quality control, and then unload the finished product. Additional “part in place” and final product quality checks may also be designed into the machine if necessary. Depending on the details of the specific operation, a machine operator may or may not be necessary.
Benefits Of Welding Automation
The benefits of well-engineered welding systems range from improved weld quality to decreased variable labor costs. The most prominent advantages are:
- Improved Weld Quality: Mechanized welding improves weld integrity and repeatability.
- Increased Output/Volume: Production weld speeds are set by the machine at a reasonable percentage of maximum. With minimized part set up time, and higher weld speeds increase output.
- Decreased Scrap/Rework: Automating the torch/part motions and part placement decreases the error potential.
- Decreased Variable Labor Costs: Reliance on human welders dramatically increases a manufacturer’s labor costs. A Semi-Automatic system will normally have at least twice the output of a skilled welder. A fully automatic system with sufficient stations can run at four times the pace of the semi-automatic system or at eight times the pace of a skilled welder.
We also provide below welding automation parts to match with your automatic welding equipment.
Welding Seamtracker, Welding Oscillator, ARC Height Control, Autowelding Carriage, Welding Electric Slide, and Welding Manual Slide.