New robotic welding cell
by Hans Diederichs
Increasing automation with robots is also becoming ever more prevalent in commercial and industrial enterprises. Robots not only reduce downtime to a minimum, but the freedom of movement of their articulated arms also allows a range of different component shapes to be welded. And that’s exactly what the new FRW Robotic Welding Cell from Fronius is all about. In combination with the innovative Fronius welding technology, it also represents an excellent price/performance ratio.
It benefits companies big and small, from large-scale series production to the abundance of different component shapes needed by commercial enterprises: a robotic welding cell is designed to weld many different components, increase productivity and deliver a return on investment within a reasonable period of time.
There are three types of welding cell to choose from, with the difference lying in the design of the rotary positioners that pick up the components and swivel them into the welding cell. All variants can be equipped with different robots. Robots, positioners and controls are installed on a single platform, which facilitates assembly and saves time. Another advantage of the FRW Robotic Welding Cell is the short cycle times that result from the two-station operating principle: the positioner can be loaded with the next component while the first is still being welded, rather than having to wait for it to be finished first.
Programming software enables smooth operation
The optional simulation and offline programming software enables customers not only to program robot movements, but also to optimise welding processes from the PC. As welding does not have to be interrupted to do so, this avoids unnecessary downtime. Other benefits include shorter start-up times, faster component changeovers and increased productivity.
“Compared to manual welding, our customers can join more components over the same period of time and to the same level of quality, regardless of the component geometry. This creates important cost and competitive advantages,” explains Anton Leithenmair, Head of Line of Business Welding Automation at Fronius.
The new robotic welding systems are currently being launched in Europe, with other potential markets outside of Europe scheduled to follow in due course.
Source and photo: Fronius International GmbH