Advantages of Robotic Welding
Robotic welding requires little to no human oversight, boosting the efficiency, accuracy, and safety of the welding process. Using this technique, specially programmed robots both hold the workpiece in place and perform the weld in either partially or fully automated processes.
This differs from machine-assisted, or manual welding, which relies on worker oversight and drives up labor costs and the risk of error. Robotic welding has existed in some form in the U.S. since the 1960s, but it has improved in leaps and bounds over the past few years.
What Are The Advantages of Robotic Welding?
Robotic welding offers faster and more efficient welding processes as its technology improves. Robotic welding achieves highly accurate and repeatable designs and operates with higher throughputs than manual welding. This results in increased profit margins compared with manual welding.
Seven Types of Robotic Welding
- Robotic arc welding creates electric arcs between welding units and metal reacts, heating both sides to their melting points. After this, the metal parts cool and form together, resulting in a strong metallic bond. This process benefits applications that require high accuracy and repeatability, such as car manufacturing.
- Robotic resistance welding joins metal pieces using an electric current. This current creates high levels of heat, causing a pool of molten metal to form between the two pieces. As the pool cools, the pieces join together. Due to this process’s simplicity, resistance welding is highly economical.
- Robotic spot welding works similarly to resistance welding, except it operates on thinner pieces that resist electric currents. Automotive manufacturers commonly use spot welding to join sheet metal frames on cars.
- Robotic TIG welding uses tungsten electrodes to create arcs between welding units and resists. Because tungsten can’t be consumed, this welding process creates high-quality welds and is the most precise form of welding.
- Robotic MIG welding uses continuously fed welding wires to create quick, efficient welds. This process works best for simple welds, and it’s one of the speediest welding techniques.
- Robotic laser welding creates highly accurate welds using supercharged light particles. This technique benefits applications that rely on highly intricate detailing, including automotive branding, jewelry making, and medical instrument manufacturing. It also performs welds in hard-to-reach places that more traditional welding techniques can’t reach.
- Robotic plasma welding feeds ionized gas through a copper nozzle to produce high temperatures, and it also allows operators to easily control and modify weld temperature and velocity. These attributes make it ideal for building electronics.
Ohio Valley Manufacturing’s Robotic Welding Services
Ohio Valley Manufacturing leads the field robotic welding. We follow ISO 9001:2015 safety standards and are TS compliant, which means you can rest easy knowing our robots are safely and efficiently serving you.
Specializing in designing, engineering, assembling, troubleshooting, and developing prototypes, Ohio Valley Manufacturing is your one-stop shop for robotic welding solutions. For more information on how robotic welding can save you money, increase your output, and improve your product quality, contact our sales representatives today.