As technology advances, your workplace must adapt to keep up with the need. That period of adapting will look different for everyone, as some operations needs are on a much smaller scale than others. For those in larger manufacturing plants, the push to automate has become a more prevalent move. Productivity is the name of the game and to keep up, operations must be able to repeat their tasks quickly and efficiently.
Weld inspection is a topic discussed time and time again, as many debate what the best process is and why it will provide the best overall result. This is where the collaboration between SmartRay and ABICOR BINZEL comes into play.
With the current state of the welding industry as it sits now, we are seeing a lot of manufacturers moving away from manual to create a more automated process. With this comes a host of new welding equipment that can benefit your process, from improving repeatability and traceability, to increasing productivity and general performance.
With a top-of-the-line ABB robot, with welding torches and peripherals added to the table from BINZEL, customers can be sure they are receiving the highest-quality welding equipment available.
ABICOR BINZEL manufactures high quality MIG welding products and peripheral equipment, from torch cleaning stations to torch exchange stations. In addition, BINZEL has a complete line of sensors, from laser seam tracking to automated weld inspection.
Automation is one of the leading trends in the pipe welding industry today because pipe fabrication shops are looking for ways to increase productivity and quality, while trying to combat the shortage of qualified welders. ABICOR BINZEL has partnered with Novarc Technologies to resolve this problem and provide a meaningful solution that improves this production process. BINZEL serves as Novarc's global sales and service partner for the Spool Welding Robot (SWR), continuing our efforts to provide exceptional product and service quality. This partnership is delivering massive productivity and quality increases, making our customers more competitive in the markets they serve.
As material and fabrication technologies evolve, manufacturers are pushing the limits of the structures used in automotive, construction, offshore, energy production, and many other industries. All of these industries use welding in their day-to-day production tasks, and, because welds are used to join two or more metal surfaces, these connections may encounter loads and fatigue during product lifetime. There is always a chance these products may fail, if not created to proper specification.
Industry 4.0 is all about the ongoing transition into an even smarter, automated manufacturing world, using new developments in technology to get us there. Through the use of intelligent, automated technology, we are able to communicate more efficiently, collect data with advanced traceability, and create human-like interactions between machines and computers.
Wire feeding is a critical part to your automated welding process. Without functioning wire, this multi-layered, complex process would not deliver optimal performance. This could lead to complete failure of your process. Challenges can arise due to wire feed speed, wire feed distance, and friction within the system causing a host of problems throughout your process. As you continue to understand your robotic welding cell, it is important to evaluate your wire feed practices.
Making the switch from manual to automated welding can be an on-going pros and cons discussion for your facility. Giving control to a robot may be a daunting task for anyone new to this application process, but is a necessary step in getting the most out of your operation. Decreasing production times and taking the load off of your welders may be all you need to go full automation.
Let’s take a look at what it would take for your facility to incorporate automated technology and what you should be taking note of throughout this integration process.