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Robotic Welders - What You Need to Know About Welding Equipment and Technology

By Edited Oct 8, 2016 0 0

Robotic Welders

Welding is a skill that sometimes takes years to master for anyone that tries it. Some welders are easier to use then others, but then there are welders that do not need a human to control them at all. In some industries it is more convenient and productive to use robotic welders instead of doing it manually by humans. Automotive industries especially, because of their high output and the amount welding that is necessary for the job, use robotic welders on a regular basis. Robotic welders make it easier to complete a lot of parts in a very short amount of time, which works better for those industries that must weld thousands of parts in one day. These kinds of industries are sometimes electronic industries, but most of the time they are automotive industries because of the many parts that must be put together in order to make the vehicles work properly. Robotic welders are a modern convenience that was not around a hundred years ago that we can take advantage of now.

Introduced during the 1960s, robotic welders currently claim around 20% of all industrial robots that are in use. The use of robotic welders is limited to high production industries due to the high equipment costs to build and maintain them, so the possibility of using one at home are pretty slim, although it would be pretty convenient if it were feasible. Robotic welders are used to completely automate both the welding and the handling of the parts that are being welded together. There are welders that are similar in nature to robotic welders but they are classified differently because they are not completely automated. Similar welders may be partially robotic in terms of welding, but they still need human operators to handle the parts and therefore do not qualify as robotic welders. Robotic welders are considered to be completely automated and those that are not must go into a different category. Of all of the possible robotic welders that are in production today, including those that are not completely automated, there are several types of robotic welders that are commonly used more than others.

Two of the most common robotic welders are the SCARA robot and the Cartesian coordinate robot. Both of these robotic welders are fairly similar in the way that they work, but minor differences separate the two. Major components of any of the robotic welders are the manipulators, which is the mechanical portion of the robot that handles the parts that are being welded, and the controllers, or the "brain" of the robot that controls the weld itself. One of the major differences between the two common types of robotic welders is the different coordinate systems that are used to direct the arms of the robot when the weld is complete. No matter what kind of robotic welders that might work for a particular shop, they are very expensive. Robotic welders that are offered used online can cost upwards of $40,000, which only seems reasonable for a business. Some of the replacement parts that can be needed may only cost a fraction of this price discounted, but they are still very pricey. This is what makes owning one for your garage very uneconomical.

Robotic welders may not be as conventional for home use as one might like just yet, but industries such as the automotive industry can find them very useful while we still get the benefits. Because many welds are done with robotic welders, the companies have to pay less employment costs which will lower ours when the product is finished. Since robotic welders were first introduced in the 1960s, their use has been increased greatly. Further growth is currently limited due to high equipment costs, but that could change in the future. The price tag that comes with robotic welders right now is less than it was even 30 years ago, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. This makes the possibility of an even lower price possible in the future still. Until then, automotive and other high production industries will be the ones that will benefits most from using robotic welders.

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