Robotic welding 101: How to get started

Robotic solutions have started a new era in welding automation. Well-designed robotic welding cells equal more productivity, better safety, high competitiveness, and fast return on investment – when robotic solutions are implemented well, they enable highly adaptive and efficient production. Welding robotic solutions are proven to increase the quality of finished products as well as the satisfaction of customers.

Main benefits of robotic welding

Robotic welding answers the needs for constant welding quality and increased production capacity. Robot systems can be utilized to work 24/7. When combined with offline software, which allows up to 10 times faster programming compared to online programming, programming of the next workpiece can be done while the robot is welding the previous one.

Robotic welding meets the detailed demands of today’s customer application and production. It offers more flexibility as small-scale, even robotic welding for one-off production is profitable. Adapting to the needs of each customer, robotic welding allows getting the most out of one’s investment.

Robotic welding factory 3D -model.

Robotic welding cells are the right fit for a dynamic, rapidly developing production environment where workpieces vary in shapes and sizes. Complete robotic welding solutions have an integrated handling system that allows safe and efficient handling of heavy and complex workpieces, but also the workpiece can be set up to the best possible welding position. This guarantees increased weld deposition rates, safety-at-work, and workplace ergonomics.

Why some companies are still hesitating?

Some concerns are related to production – if robots are only suitable for heavy production, or if the company products are too heavy or not ideal for robotic welding. Both concerns can be tackled with advanced robotic solutions. Even one-off production is profitable, thanks to efficient programming software with simple weld path creation and simulation tools.

Today’s heavy robotic welding automation solutions meet the highest demands and can be optimized for one’s production. Changes in the product design and welds can also be applied, so that customer’s products are even more suitable for robotic welding.

Another possible concern is related to programming – if it’s too difficult or time-consuming. Thanks to offline programming, the robot welding programs are made while the robot is welding, increasing the arc-on-ratio significantly higher. Programming software is designed to be easy to use for everyone.

Expensive machinery leading to an extended return on investment time also concerns some companies. Robotic solutions include machinery and services which are always tailor-made for customer’s products and needs.
PEMA robotic welding solutions are designed to optimize production, and modern robotic welding solutions develop global competitiveness and fasten return on investment. 

Adapting to the needs of each customer, robotic welding allows getting the most out of one’s investment.

It’s time for change

Robotic welding is not only for certain products or product segments. Pemamek has nearly 50 years of experience in different customer applications and products – with this expertise robotic solutions can be made to fit each company’s products.

Robotic solutions should always fit your custom needs. To avoid misfitting robotic solutions, it is crucial to do a thorough simulation with maximum and minimum dimensions of the welded products in the design phase; for instance, big products need bigger stations.

Maintenance and service are crucial parts of robotic welding automation. Pemamek includes a full training program for the programmers, operators, and maintenance personnel with all its deliveries. PEMA solutions can include everything from pre-design to life-cycle management, including a maintenance contract with our technicians. Customers can also choose our Robotic Helpdesk -service where the system specialists are available for possible troubleshooting by phone or remote connection.

Welding process evaluation and modification into robotic welding. Introducing a new welding process into production or improving the existing welding process can be done by our in-house welding engineers. Pemamek has also the possibility to do welding process testing in the laboratory and to help customers with preparing the welding procedure specifications.

Programming software is designed to be easy to use for everyone.

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