Cobot vs. Robot – automation in welding

Posted by Thilo Schmitz on Jun 5, 2023 7:49:12 AM

The question is no longer whether automation makes sense in the industry, but rather which type of automation is a better fit for welding - cobots or robots? While both technologies are capable of automating the welding process and thus increasing productivity, there are specific advantages and disadvantages that need to be considered when making a decision. In this blog post, we will look at the differences between cobots and robots in welding, highlighting factors to consider for effective automation of the welding process.

Topics: Robotic Welding, Automation

Optimising the service life of welding robots

Posted by Prof. Emil Schubert on Aug 2, 2022 7:53:45 AM

In the two previous blogs on how to reduce downtime with welding robots, the focus was on the robot torch and its wear parts.

Topics: Robotic Welding

Downtimes due to wear parts during robot welding

Posted by Prof. Emil Schubert on Jun 24, 2022 8:49:51 AM

In our first blog on how to reduce downtimes with robotic welding equipment, the focus was on robotic torches. We looked at the right choice of robot welding torch, torch power, torch geometry and highlighted that without “clean”' programming none of this will work.

Topics: Robotic Welding

How to avoid or reduce downtimes with welding robots

Posted by Prof. Emil Schubert on Jun 3, 2022 11:06:54 AM

When it comes to high quantities, cost and time pressure, welding robots provide valuable assistance. With them, consistent quality can be achieved in the shortest possible time. However, productivity in automation or robotics also depends significantly on how often and how long a welding robot is at a standstill because it has to be reloaded, set up again after a crash or generally maintained. Every second of downtime counts and costs money. And it cannot be generalised who is more affected by downtimes in production: the group with large robot production lines or the small medium-sized company that only has one welding robot in operation. A welding robot in industry must function trouble-free as much as possible – and having the right equipment in production or in the company helps with this. Find out here how to reduce downtimes for welding robots.

Topics: Robotic Welding

Fume extraction for robotic welding – nice-to-have or must-have?

Posted by André Faber on Jul 13, 2021 7:00:00 AM

The fact that the welder is close to the welding process and would therefore be completely exposed to the dangerous gases in the welding fumes without a fume extraction system is no surprise. But how is the situation when using a robot for welding? Do similar precautions need to be implemented as with manual welding? Just as with manual welding, the dangers of welding fumes should not be underestimated.

Topics: Robotic Welding, Fume Extraction

Aluminum welding with a cobot – does that work?

Posted by Alberto Haun on Apr 20, 2021 7:36:24 AM

7 practical tips for a neat weld seam

No question: aluminum welding is the premier class of welding. In a previous blog we explained in detail what a manufacturing company should pay attention to when welding aluminum by hand. But what do you do when the quantities are so high that one welder alone can no longer handle them? If hiring an additional welder for aluminum welding is not an option or you simply cannot find a suitable welding specialist? Can you possibly also weld aluminum in industry with a cobot – i. e. a collaborative robot – or is it too difficult to program a cobot to achieve the same results as when welding aluminum manually.

Topics: Robotic Welding

4 Things to Consider Before Automating TIG Welding

Posted by Jörg Reips on Mar 22, 2021 7:14:46 AM

Is automated TIG welding economically viable?

When automating a TIG application, the first question to ask is the same as for any other automation: Is it profitable to use a robotic welding torch or a robotic welding cell?

Topics: Robotic Welding, TIG Torches

Welding with a robot – the 5 most common mistakes

Posted by Manfred Seipp on Jan 29, 2021 12:40:23 PM

The welding robot has been programmed for hours. The straight paths work perfectly, when welding a curve everything is wrong back and forth – what happened? The industrial robot is synchronized, the component is fastened and the weld seam is still set incorrectly – where is the mistake? On the first day, tens of components were perfectly welded, the next day the seam was displaced – how could that happen?

Topics: Robotic Welding

5 reasons for welding with a cobot

Posted by Simon Opper on Oct 7, 2020 5:42:06 AM

It doesn’t have to be a welding robot!

At some point, the time has come and:

  • the manual welder reaches the limits of his physical capacity
  • the quantities are too large to meet the desired delivery date
  • the topic of automation must be discussed

Automation? Aren’t these robot welding cells which usually take up a lot of space and are really expensive? In order to make their purchase profitable, enough parts have to be processed to operate the system at full capacity. In addition, there is the programming of the welding robot, which requires additional knowledge. Is there no interim solution if an industrial welding robot is still a size too big? Yes, there is: cobot welding.

Topics: Robotic Welding

Automated welding: How to minimize welding errors

Posted by Jörg Ehling on Aug 4, 2020 10:57:26 AM

The beam on the workshop floor seems endless. The back hurts already at the mere thought of having to weld in the same position for the next few hours. Take up position, put on, weld off, put down, slide forward. Unfortunately, it is unavoidable that over time the welding seam is not as good as it was at the beginning. Or maybe it can? Automated welding provides a remedy ... for poor weld seam quality of long, repetitive welding tasks, for welding errors, but also for monotonous and painful joints.

Topics: Robotic Welding

Don’t be afraid of automation when welding!

Posted by Simon Opper on Jul 2, 2020 5:37:29 AM

Why cobot welding can be the solution for small and medium-sized companies

Automatically working welding robots as far as the eye can see. The robot arms move sometimes hectically, sometimes silently. There is a hiss, hum, and crackle in the air. You can only recognize a person here and there. Automation clearly dominates. Such a vision is more of a fear image for small and medium-sized companies, because people here seem to be completely in the background, yes, being pushed out of their job. So it seems. A machine like a collaborative robot – a so-called cobot – can support people in their work. The use of cobots in welding can thus become an economical solution for small and medium-sized companies.

Topics: Robotic Welding

iCAT W Tool Bar Settings: A Quick Guide

Posted by Danny Seddon on Sep 4, 2018 10:44:31 AM

This quick guide will show you the correct way to install a water/liquid cooled harness using the iCAT setting bar (part number 980.2153).

Topics: Robotic Welding

iCAT A Tool Bar Settings: A Quick Guide

Posted by Danny Seddon on Sep 4, 2018 10:42:17 AM

This quick guide will show you the correct way to install an air/gas cooled harness using the iCAT setting bar (part number 980.2153).

Topics: Robotic Welding

How to Fit iCAT to a Lincoln Wire Feed Unit

Posted by Danny Seddon on Sep 4, 2018 10:30:36 AM

This quick guide will show you the correct way to install an iCAT harness to a Lincoln Wire Feed Unit to eliminate premature failing of the harness.

Topics: Robotic Welding

TMS-VI Troubleshooting Guide for Your Torch Cleaning Station

Posted by Danny Seddon on Aug 20, 2018 8:45:42 AM


Topics: Robotic Welding

Weekly Maintenance on a TMS-VI Front Injector for Cleaning Stations

Posted by Danny Seddon on Aug 20, 2018 8:45:25 AM

The front injector TMS-VI is nearly service-free.

However, it is important to carry out regular cleaning and inspection of the mechanical parts to make sure the equipment is fully functional and has a long life cycle. For correct setup procedure, see the manual provided with each unit.

Topics: Robotic Welding