When you think of welding automation, cable assemblies are probably not the highest priority when evaluating options. But you may be overlooking a critical part of the torch as you go through all the different robot torch options out there. Without question, the quality of your cable assembly plays a key role in maximizing the efficiency of your automated welding processes.
When choosing a through-arm torch or an over-arm torch, one should know the advantages, disadvantages, and the compatibility of each. And you might be surprised about which orientation is best for you, and what mount might be best for you depending on your process.
Hard automation in the past has always been about joystick controllers and a birdsnest operator controlling the movement of the gantry or positioning system to guide the welding arc through the weld piece. And incoporating seam tracking into this solution? Leave that to the robots.
Today, however, optical seam tracking is finding itself now more than ever a real solution and added value to those hard automation processes, and leading old-school, analog welding operations to look at seam tracking technology in a different light.
When you're looking at the things to value in an optical seam tracking system there's a lot to consider. What joints do I need to track, can the sensor track it, how much time can it save me off my cycle time, how reliable does it track? Lots of question, sure, and maybe there are some others that you've considered as you've look around at optical seam tracking solutions out there.
But with seam tracking you have to get the most in terms of value, convenience, and effectiveness, and that's something TH6x can provide to the automated process in abundance.
One of the biggest hurdles in any automated joining system is the ability to find and track the joint in a consistent nature. Joint quality can be poor due to a number of variables including the standard variance in upstream parts supply or simply poor joint design from either a process or product perspective. Firstly, there is the variation that is inherent in single parts and the overall stack up.
As material selections in automotive manufacturing move further into the high-strength realm, along with the more prevalent usage of difficult-to-weld materials such as aluminum, developing robust processes for joining these materials becomes ever more critical. Adaptation of technologies such as real-time seam tracking, gap bridging, beam oscillation, and integrated clamping to laser-related processes allows for them to be used in a more mainstream approach.
SpinArc gets you game changing technology in your welding operation. The process and the results are proven. For you it’s an intriguing solution, but you have a complex welding operation to run, and incorporating something like SpinArc must mean a lot of time and energy, right?