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Optical Seam Tracking & Hard Automation

Posted by Scott Huber on May 18, 2017 11:23:00 AM

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.

Topics: Seam Tracking, Laser Optics, Automation, Submerged Arc Welding, Optical Seam Tracking, TH6x

Why TH6x's Value Proposition is Truly Unique

Posted by Jason Jamiel on May 17, 2017 3:32:08 PM

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.

Topics: Optical Seam Tracking, Laser Optics, Automation, Robotic Welding, Robotics

Seam Tracking for Laser Welding and Brazing

Posted by Tom Graham on Apr 28, 2017 8:33:18 AM

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.

Topics: Seam Tracking, Laser Optics, Laser Welding, Automation, Robotics, Automotive, Automotive Manufacturing

Keys to Laser Welding Lap and Edge Joints

Posted by Tom Graham on Apr 26, 2017 8:18:19 AM

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.

Topics: Laser Welding, Laser Optics, Robotic Welding, Robotics, Automation, Automotive Manufacturing, Automotive

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