Welding is a job that involves repetitive tasks and can be very tedious. In this article, we will explore the many different types of automated equipment used for welding.
In some cases, engineers have been forced to develop unique ways to complete tasks that involve welding parts together because of limitations. For example, one of the most commonly used welding methods is arc welding. Arc welding requires electricity to create an arc between the tip of the electrode and the metal parts that are being welded together.
The initial solution engineers came up with was to use remote-controlled systems for this, where there would be a human controlling the electrodes manually while it is attached to the robot. With this method, there is a lot of room for human error and safety is not as high as it could be.
This was the first type of automated welding where humans were used but it was not effective because of many safety problems and errors which ultimately make this process slow and led to new inventions including:
Each one of these methods is unique and offers advantages over the other. For example, some welding machines are controlled by human operators where they control the equipment but it does all of the work for them or robot welding has automated parts of the process like turning on the power supply, moving the welding gun, and stopping.
Now that we have an understanding of what goes into automated equipment used for welding, let’s move on to some examples of each type!
The first example is a robot that uses arc welding to weld car parts together. This process allows for precise work while still making it easier to complete repetitive tasks.
The next example is a welder that uses gas arc welding in order to weld metal parts together and make strong, long lasting connections. This method of welding is considered more “hands off” and one thing it can do in comparison to robots is handle smaller objects like gears and cogwheels within machines.
This serves as an advantage because it can be done in conjunction with CNC (computer numerical control) machines. The computer controls the speed and movement of the machine while it is automatically welding these objects together.
Coupling both arc welding and gas steel arc welding with computer numerical control allows for the best of all worlds. The machine can control the process and do precise work while a human gives it instructions to do.
An example of this is one where a worker instructs the machine to bolt two objects together. The computer will program it to move in a way that bolts the pieces together instead of welding them which allows for less room for error and faster work.
This method works best where objects need to be added and removed frequently like in the instance of building cars. It can build one car part after another, bolt them together, then move on to the next step each time with little room for error that would slow down progress.
These are all different types of automated equipment that can be used in the welding industry.