Which Welding Processes are Suitable for Automation?

Which welding processes are suitable for automation?

Have you ever questioned whether or not to bring automation into your welding practices? Maybe you are on the lines of going for it but are unsure whether or not it would be a good fit. At nexAir, we believe it is important to be fully educated on a product, service or piece of equipment, before making the switch. 


What is Welding Automation? 


Welding automation is a practice that uses robots to completely, or partially,  automate the welding process by performing the weld and handling the part. This can increase the performance of the production of welds, while also increasing the speed, precision and overall quality. Errors that commonly occur are significantly reduced, as well as inconsistent welds that occur while being done manually. 


Benefits of Automation


Incorporating an automated welding system into your business can bring many great benefits, including but not limited to:


  • Increased precision since the computers are programmed and designed to follow the seam
  • Decrease the number of errors and inconsistent welds
  • Cost-effective
  • Saves time before, during and after the project. There is little to no training involved as the machine does the work for you! 


What Types of Welding Can Be Automated? 


Most forms of welding can be automated – which is good news! Arc welding, TIG and MIG, resistance spot welding, laser welding and plasma welding are some of the more common types of welding that can be automated and are a great place to start. There are many other forms of welding that can incorporate automation as well! 


Is automation the right fit for you? 


Welding automation is actually versatile, with many different options to choose from. For example, if your project includes the making of simple, repeatable parts, then automation would be something to look into. Another key factor to look at is the outcome that you are looking to achieve. Are you wanting to improve productivity or reduce the number of errors and rework? If you answered yes, then automation would be a good fit. Automation also takes away the hours and hours of training, and clean-up time after the project is complete. Those are all good things to ask yourself ahead of time. 


Welding automation continues to be favorable amongst welders and business owners and is taking over the industry! There are many different welding needs and scenarios that would make adding a robot to your project a good idea. If you want to learn more about automated welding or the processes, give us a call. We would love to use our expert KnowHow to help you and your business Forge Forward! 

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