In the modern industrial landscape, robotic welding technology is becoming more and more common in large and small manufacturing plants and project-based workshops. While the upfront investment for a welding robot is high, it leads to increased profits and higher production numbers, ensuring you meet your investment cost in no time.
When used correctly, there are numerous benefits associated with using a welding robot.
Higher quality and consistent welds
This is one of the most significant benefits of using a welding robot and is the reason most businesses are drawn to them. The quality of welds done using a collaborative robot is dependent on the workflow consistency and quality of the material. Once you guarantee these two factors, you will enjoy exceptional finished welds in the shortest period.
All the seams in a robotic weld job are consistent and of high quality, which is difficult to achieve even with the most experienced human welding expert.
Welding robots promote higher productivity, throughput, and yields
Investing in robotic automation is the best way to double production in a manufacturing plant. If you run 8 hour or 12-hour shifts, welding robotic automation can easily turn your company into a 24-hour, round-the-clock production plant.
Investing in high-quality robotic automation can streamline key processes in your welding plant by taking over monotonous, high-risk tasks from humans. This contributes to a reduced rate of error and reduction in downtime caused when employees are away from work.
Robotic automation created more time for human workers to focus on other high-level management processes. This contributes to improved efficiency, reduces downtime, and higher yields.
Waste reduction and reduced reworking processes
Regardless of how big or small your welding enterprise is, one of the most common issues you face is over-welding. It contributes to material waste and can cost thousands of dollars and even a project contract.
Robotic technology makes use of ultra-precision guidelines for perfect welding, thus lowering metal filler costs. Unlike humans, welding robots do not need to play it safe by applying an oversize weld bead, ensuring no need for reworking welds no matter how complex a project is.
Welding robots reduce post-welding cleanup
In many projects, it is impossible to avoid post-weld cleanup. However, collaborative welding robots contribute to less wasted material, which results in faster post-weld cleanup.
When there is less weld spatting, a welding workshop experiences little to no system downtime between projects. This guarantees clean and neat seams that meet the client’s requirements, even for the form thorough one.
Faster turnaround times
It is possible to routinize almost every component in a robotic welding system to a specific degree. With granular controls, a user can easily adapt to new projects, even the most innovative and unusual ones. Small welding shops can compete in the same market space with more established rivals with this kind of advantage.
Collaborative robots are easy to teach
With a collaborative welding robot, anyone with welding knowledge can hand-guide the robot arm through a welding path. This easy-to-use feature makes it possible for manufacturers to entrust robot learning to anyone on the welding floor. It only takes a few minutes for them to learn about robotic arm guiding.
Collaborative welding robots are safe to be around
Unlike traditional industrial robots that require special cages and work floors to function, collaborative robots can safely work welding jobs in the presence of human workers.
They are fitted with motion and proximity sensors that detect human presence when it gets too close. They cause the robotic arm to slow down or come to a stop until it is sage to work at the same speed again.
As with any type of welding job, robotic welding will also include risks such as weld spatter, arc flash, sharp wire, hot parts, and high electric currents use. Ensure you wear proper PPE to reduce the possibility of injury.
Early adopters of robotic welding technology have reaped these and more benefits while setting the pace in the manufacturing industry.