It is no surprise that welding automation has become a popular, favorable and highly-sought after practice in the welding industry. With evolving technology, welders are able to successfully complete tasks, in little time, with little to no errors. However, there is not just one broad automated tool that gets the job done for every different project. Choosing the correct type of automation can be a confusing and difficult task at first, but fully understanding each type of automation can help with overcoming that challenge upfront. While there are quite a few types of welding automation, we will discuss three common types and how they could benefit you. Let’s get started!
What is welding automation?
Welding Automation is the process of using “robots” or a range of equipment, software and devices to complete a welding task, precisely, quickly and efficiently. There are many benefits and reasons behind this tool’s success – such as:
- Increased productivity
- Near perfect welds
- Reduces costs
- Lower need for training new welders
- Fewer hands on deck during the welding process
- Reduces cycle times
Three Common Types of Welding Automation
While there are many different types of welding and automated processes, there are two main groups that welders should be familiar with:
Fixed Welding Automation: Consists of a welding machine, such as a welding gun, that uses a single fixed motion to produce a simple, specific welded part. Typically uses four or less axes and is semi-automatic, with a strong human interface. Fixed welding is designed to accomplish specific tasks and movements.
Flexible Welding Automation: On the other hand, flexible welding automation is a robotic system which is programmed to complete multiple welds, on multiple parts. This type of welding automation is used to provide fast, accurate performance. The task can be completed by the robot alone and has adaptable programming.
Laser Welding: A process used to join together metals or thermoplastics using a laser beam to form the weld. The beam provides a concentrated heat source, allowing for a narrow, deep weld and high welding rates. Laser welding is typically used in industrial applications, such as automotive, aerospace and heavy equipment manufacturing.
No matter the project, there is a type of automated welding that can be utilized to get the job done precisely, accurately and quickly. At nexAir, we provide our customers with our applied industry KnowHow in order to Forge Forward in every project they tackle. Our crew is always a phone call away and would be happy to help you with all of your welding needs. If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch, please give us a call – we’d love to chat! Thank you for choosing nexAir!
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