ARC collaborated with KUKA, Hypertherm, and RobotMaster to create the FlexFab™: Flexible Fabrication 3D Robotic Plasma Cutting Cell, an integrated system that converts CAD models into a 3D plasma cut steel part, saving time and labor hours via precision control.
The rod base welding process utilizes a robot-controlled system with the capacity to handle 4’ to 20’ screen lengths with an OD range of 4” to 20” to weld screen to couplings by using the GMAW process. The control system has the ability to store weld schedules and real-time override capabilities. The base of the machine is a steel plate for mounting equipment. The torch is manipulated by a robot mounted to the base. A thru-hole headstock with dual auto chucking assembly for holding the screen and coupling during welding. The screen is manipulated by the rotating screen travel support assembly which moves in the horizontal and vertical axis. The screen also rotates 180 degrees to weld the other end without having to handle the screen twice. The screens are stored on the screen rack manually prior to welding. The screen rach is gravity fed and introduces one screen at a time by utilizing a singulator to the rotating screen travel support assembly.
- As it indexes the turntable, the robot cuts the wire in preparation for touch sensing
- Uses touch sense to find the location of the weld on the part
- The operator can safely load and unload parts while the robot welds
- After a certain amount of welds, the torch cleaning station automatically cleans the torch
- The three-step torch cleaning station reams weld spatter of the nozzle, cuts the wire to length, and applies anti-spatter inside the nozzle
- The robot can be brought down to a comfortable working height at the touch of a button to change wire or tools
- Because of the skid-mounted design, the machine can be quickly and easily installed and moved around any space as necessary
- The E-stop safety design is built-in, as well as a laser detection system that protects the operator
This robotic welding system utilizes multiple tilt and rotate positioners to produce GMAW with a KUKA robotic arm. The system provides increased productivity, portability, and improves safety with advanced sensors.
This robotic plasma cutting system initially touches off, as the robotic arm automatically calculates the part’s dimensions. This compensates for any warpage that may occur due to large parts’ weight during the cutting process.
Small job shops struggling with the budget, programming, and space requirements of traditional welding robots now have an alternative solution: The new SnapWeld Collaborative Robot Welding package developed by Arc Specialties Inc. and Universal Robots is a cobot-assisted, interactive welding system that can be deployed easily and flexibly in existing, manual welding booths, eliminating the need for costly new robotic cells.