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The challenge of robotic welding aluminum

June 8, 2004

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Robotic gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of aluminum alloys has been an industry challenge for many years. Early attempts made to automate this process typically failed. The failure of early automated cells was associated with a lack of process experience or improper equipment selection. This failure...

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Programming multiple robots

October 23, 2003

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In many applications—such as large-component welding, press-tending lines, and multiprocess cells—running multiple robots from a single point of control assists in preventing collisions, simplifying the programming structure, and reducing integration cost. This approach also meets the American National Standards Institute/Robotic Institute of America (ANSI/RIA) R15.06-1999 safety standard.

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Selecting equipment for a robotic welding workcell

August 14, 2003

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So you've decided to automate your welding process. Now it's time to select the equipment that performs the robotic welding. It's critical to take care choosing the appropriate equipment and an integration partner.

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Laser-integrated robotics for assembly

June 26, 2003

In recent years laser welding has advanced into many different industries, from automotive to electronics. With lasers, it is possible to weld at high speeds with great efficiency. Once unthinkable applications and processes are now being developed into working systems.

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Loading up on quality, productivity, safety

June 12, 2003

Like the products it manufactures, CNH Global N.V. has to stay on the move—technologically.The company's Wichita, Kan., facility uses robotic weldingto help produce Case- and New Holland-brand skid steer loaders.Powerful yet quick, skid steers can spin on a dime and move heavy loads of...

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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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