Automated welding can significantly improve the profitability and productivity in manufacturing plants, but only if used in suitable applications. Since welding is known as one of the most complex manufacturing processes, the robotic welders are of big help and can make it a bit simpler and easier. Manual welding is also the most common process for assemblies, so a big number of assemblers start implementing automated systems, or also known as robotic welders, to increase productivity, quality and profitability.
However, not every welding operation can be automated. Robotic welders are suggested mostly for applications where quality and function of a weld are of utmost importance, and/or where repetitive welds are required on identical or same parts. For example, batteries, solenoids, sensors, transducers, capacitor cans, metal bellows, light bulb elements, relay enclosures, thermos flasks, medical components and valve elements are perfect for automation. But since robotic welders are highly priced, business owners first need to learn their benefits. Let’s discover the most important ones.
By being able to produce the same quality welds times and times again, in same spots, robotic welders can increase the output greatly. These welders do not require a lot of human interactions, so the human error possibility is reduced to the minimum. The repetitive, boring jobs people hate are completely eliminated, which could also be a factor in welder turnover. The speed of robotic welders is definitely faster than people’s and they can operate for 24/7, without a single break or any kind of interruption.
Improved Weld Quality
The quality of weld depends on two factors: repeatability and integrity. Robotic welders are able to ensure weld integrity using electronic weld process controllers while repetitive work is not a concern. Once these automatic machines are correctly programmed, they follow their schemes and operate very accurately, providing high-quality welds without variations.
Decreased Labour Costs
Since the reliance on human welders, is decreasing, the labour costs will decrease as well. When calculating for labour costs, business owners must consider the time that human welders are spending on producing assemblies. Human welders are expensive, difficult to find and train while robotic welders are only expensive. With robotic welders in the plant, only one experienced welder is needed to supervise the operation of these automated machines, instead of hiring a lot of human welders who will probably need to be trained before getting to work.
While many would immediately think that robots bring some threat, robotic welders increase the overall safety in whichever working environment they are utilized. These machines are able to complete repetitive tasks in an efficient manner, which reduces the risks of injury for employees. The best thing is that employees are not required to be where the robots are used, they can supervise their operation remotely or online.