Automate repetitive welding tasks with the Autoline Cobot welder, a safe and easy-to-program collaborative robot platform. A collaborative robot welder is a flexible automation solution that allows manufacturers to increase their capability quickly and easily.
The Autoline Cobot Welder is a configuration of reliable and proven technology with a Doosan Collaborative Robot and OTC Daihen Welding Hardware. This innovation is a combination of world-leading cobot, and welding technology manufacturers bought together by a 100% Kiwi-owned family business.
A cobot welder is a really valuable tool in the workshop when welding in your industrial production. Smaller welding companies that deal with low-volume, high mix manufacturing and are wanting to automate their operations should consider a cobot welder. They can help automate your welding processes with consistent quality and return on investment within 12 months.
Collaborative welding offers benefits to manufacturers such as:
Quick and easy to teach – The Cobot Welder is able to be programmed by simply hand guiding the robot arm and torch through a program path to weld a part, recording those positions, and then setting the weld parameters. This easy-to-use feature enables manufacturers to train their current welding team to start, program and operate the robot in a matter of minutes as opposed to days. You do not need extensive programming knowledge to operate a cobot because programming is guided intuitively and is easy to learn and therefore extremely flexible when components change.
Safe to be around – Collaborative robots enables humans to safely work alongside or in close proximity to robots. When welding, manufactures must take the proper precautions. Some of the risks associated with any kind of welding include arc flash, weld spatter and exposure to fumes and gases. A cobot welder reduces the risk to the operator to these hazards as the operator is safely removed.
Easy to relocate – A big difference of the cobot welder compared to an industrial robot welder is that the cobot welder can be used more flexible due to lightweight design and small footprint. It is easy to relocation or reinstall the cobot elsewhere within the workshop to automate a different task should production needs change.
Increased capacity and boosted productivity – The fact that these robots are easy to teach makes them well-suited for high-mix, low-volume production runs. The use of a cobot welder for fast-paced production in low quantities also helps to reduce cycle time and maintain quality, while freeing a human work to perform other value-added tasks or complex welds that sometimes are more suited for a skilled welder rather than a robot.
Cost savings and flexibility– If a collaborative robot is running simultaneously while a skilled welder is working on another task, there is great potential to get the average dollar per part down over time, especially after return on investment has been achieved. Experience has shown that a cobot welder system pays for itself within 12 to 18 months. The mere fact that the duty cycle (Arc ON) is approx. 25-30% for a manual welding system and approx. 60-75% for the cobot, suggests the savings.
Welds longer continuous seams – A cobot welder enables the ability to create a longer, continuous weld seam. A skilled welder can only weld about a two-foot seam in a continuous motion, while a cobot can make up to a four-foot seam. This helps to product a higher quality weld, and less downtime as their fewer starts and stops.
A challenging problem we have overcome is creating smooth welds when transitioning from circles to straight lines, click here to see the excellent quality of the welds that can be achieved with the Autoline Cobot welding solution.
The cobot shows all of its advantages in welding technology when:
- Components have a low to medium complexity or geometry
- Lot sizes change between small and medium
- Simple devices for the components are sufficient
A cobot welding system requires only a few components and can be integrated and installed quickly and easily by our Robot Technicians.
Welding torches with flexible cable package, torch mount plus power source with software and interface to the cobot are already offered by Autoline in a complete package with Doosan and OTC Daihen. In addition, the most important setting functions of the power source are integrated into the Doosan operating panel, making programming considerably easier. This makes it simple to put together your welding system with a cobot.
Robot technology for welding is just a new tool that makes work easier, increases efficiency and protects humans from the dull, dangerous, and dirty work. The welder is relieved because he programs and operates the robot. In this way he can concentrate more intensively on high-quality, demanding welding tasks for which all his knowledge and experience are required.
Contact us to discuss your robot welding application or to trial your products on our demo cobot welder before you purchase!
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