October 11, 2005 | By Jim Berge
With careful analysis and planning, automation can be an integral, cost saving component of lean manufacturing.
March 8, 2005
Two six-axis robot arms perform full-penetration gas metal arc welds on structural steel.Millions of construction companies strive every day to cut production time while maintaining, or even improving, quality.Robert J. Simmons owns a company that has made it happen.Over several years he found a...
March 8, 2005 | By Eric Patty
Not so long ago, setting up a robotic work cell was a trial-and-error affair. However, advances in simulation technology allow manufacturers to visualize a robotic work cell and sort out any problems before setting up the cell. Simulating the work cell's function helps to ensure the cell will yield the desired results and helps prevent costly mistakes and re-engineering.
December 7, 2004
Prince Industries Inc., a contract manufacturer of CNC machined components, branched out into CNC fabricated components several years ago when it purchased two turret punch presses, a plasma machine, and a laser with manual loading and unloading. These machines were quickly overburdened with the growing workload, so the company sought a more modern laser with automated material handling.
August 10, 2004 | By Sergio Aguilar
This robotic welding workcell is guarded on all four sides. The back of the workcell uses the control panel and hard guards to prevent entry to the safeguarded space. The wall must be high enough to ensure that no one can reach over it into the protected area.In 2002 the Robotic Industries...
The automotive industry worldwide has experienced dramatic changes in the last 10 years. Challenges facing the industry include increasingly stringent safety rules; requirements for dramatic improvement in fuel consumption; and the necessity to maintain or even reduce the vehicle price, even as...
June 8, 2004 | By Joe Hoffman
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...
October 23, 2003 | By Mary Kay Morel
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.
August 14, 2003 | By Darl Osborne
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.
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.
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...
May 29, 2003 | By George J. Williams
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.
October 24, 2002 | By Scot Stevens
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.
August 29, 2002 | By Jeremy Barr
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.
April 24, 2002 | By Jim Berge
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.