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Robots and dials and knobs—oh my!

May 29, 2003

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In the late 1950s, the U.S. Navy wanted to find a way to join heavy aluminum structural sections used to fabricate motor torpedo boat hulls.

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Remote control fabrication

October 24, 2002

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Caterpillar's Technical Center relentlessly pursues a manufacturing vision for the "world's largest welding shop." Its combination of laser machines for cutting, press brakes for bending, and robots for material handling provide some insight as to how one of the world's largest metal fabricators envisions its future.

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Get the most out of your laser

August 29, 2002

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To be competitive in today's market, a laser user must be sure that equipment is operating at an optimum level. Maintaining your gas source and gas distribution system, installing properly sized pipe, and choosing the right gas supply system are some practical steps to take that can help develop the right gas supply system for a laser.

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Using the tandem welding process to your advantage

April 24, 2002

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Tandem welding power source technology now is able to meet the demands of many applicants for which welders many not expect it to be useful.

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Taking a closer look at welding robotics and automation

February 28, 2002

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Robotics and automation are on the rise in welding, especially as the need for welders remains. This article discusses the future of robotics and automation in welding: improvements expected to be necessary, e-commerce concerns, and higher customer demands.

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Mr. Roboto: Welding fundamentals for managers

February 28, 2002

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This article is the first in a series that addresses the fundamentals of robotic welding. The author discusses the basic process parameters in robotic welding, how those parameters affect weld quality and productivity, and how they can be optimized to make a robotic welding installation as profitable as possible.

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Is robotic welding right for you?

November 15, 2001

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This article examines robotic welding and discusses the considerations behind choosing to use (or not use) welding robots. It answers the questions what comprises a robotic welding installation, what costs are associated, and what industries are best suited for robotic welding.

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Setting realistic goals for robotic welding projects

November 15, 2001

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Expecting a robot to solve all of your production problems can inflict the cruel irony of ceating more. If you want your robots to speed up your operation, know what they can and can't do from the start.

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Welding exhaust system components

September 17, 2001

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In the field of automobile exhaust systems, such components as manifolds, pipes, catalytic converters, and mufflers are joined either by the car manufacturer or by a subcontractor to form a subassembly ready for attachment.

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Robotic arc welding gets smart in real time

September 4, 2001

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Whether you're dealing with low part counts or wild welding variables or the challenges of just-in-time production, monitoring software can help smooth your operation.

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How to Kill a Robotic Project in Five Easy Steps

July 12, 2001

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How would you like to fail utterly in your quest to modernize your shop with robotic weldingequipment? Look no further—we've got all the bad advice you need right here.

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Automated welding for job shops

July 12, 2001

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A robotic weldingsystem represents a significant capital investment for a job shop.

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Taking advantage of laser welding

May 15, 2001

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The advantages of laser welding are being exploited in myriad applications across the metal fabrication industry.

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Welding aluminum tailored blanks with Nd:YAG lasers for automotive applications

February 19, 2001

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The increased average power at the workpiece delivered by a 4-kilowatt, continuous-wave Nd:YAG laser source can be used for tailored blank welding of aluminum alloys

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Designing for successful robotic arc welding automation

February 19, 2001

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For a fabricator to enjoy the benefits afforded by a robotic welding system, the parts to be welded and the system itself must be designed properly.

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