Advanced Welding Systems

Delivering weld quality at a lower cost

Why Consider Advanced Robotic Welding?

 

An advanced robotic welding system lowers costs and improves quality, regardless of order size. It even improves safety and helps engineers create more innovative product designs.

No Minimum Order Size

Robots are flexible machines that can be easily reprogrammed and need minimal hard tooling. That means, there's little setup, making them practical for low-volume orders. Robotic welding even saves money on complex one-off assemblies, where the programming effort is repaid in faster welding and less risk of scrap. With fewer parts needed for setup, there’s more capacity for production.

Benefits

A robot moves faster and more consistently than a human welder. It gets into hard-to-reach places, never tires and never makes mistakes. Together, these mean an advanced welding system:

  • Produces more pieces per hour and per week than a human welder can.
  • Increases yields by avoiding mistakes. This eliminates scrap and sacrificial or test pieces while saving money and lowering costs — especially on complex, high-value jobs.
  • Improves schedule adherence, as no shortages mean every order ships complete and on time.
  • Lowers per-piece consumption of consumables like gas and wire because it moves faster while depositing only the minimum amount of metal needed.
  • Increases confidence in weld quality, possibly allowing less downstream inspection.
  • Enables designs requiring welds that a human welder cannot make because of restricted access or orientation (which gives engineering freedom to create more innovative products).
  • Improves safety by reducing human exposure to fumes, weld splatter and flash. (Reduced need for personal protective equipment is another cost saving!)

Custom - Robotic positioner weld cells

Let a positioning robot handle the repetitive job of loading and unloading so you can reassign human operators to quality-related jobs. This change lowers production costs, provides more repeatable quality and minimizes injury risks. It's a safer, faster way to handle products - including large, heavy and awkward parts

  • Manual load/unload time significantly reduced
  • No overhead assist required
  • Automatic gripper change for different parts
  • 6 degrees of freedom
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Typically lower cost for large weldments
  • Parts can be easily conveyed to and from the system reducing material handling in up and down stream production


Custom - Fixtureless weld cells

Combine handling robots with welding robots to eliminate the need for an operator to load/unload dedicated fixtures used in traditional weld cells. Reduce costs and time spent buying, maintaining and storing fixtures, and use a more efficient footprint. Change over on the fly and create one piece flow, minimizing inventory and work in process for savings beyond traditional ROI calculations.

  • Reduced direct labor cost
  • Lights-out operation
  • Increased productivity and consistent output
  • Improved quality
  • Enhanced safety
  • Improved working environment
  • Creation of new and better jobs
  • Reduced/elimination of tooling
  • Minimal maintenance(no tooling to wear)

 

The Advanced Welding Solutions Company

Implementing welding robotics successfully demands extensive automation experience and a deep understanding of welding processes. Acieta has a long track record in welding automation, and expertise in building complete systems incorporating swing boom positioners, tilt/rotate tables and headstock/tailstock units.

Partnering with FANUC, one of world’s leading robotics manufacturers, gives Acieta access to a huge family of advanced robots. With machines able to reach more than 4.68 meters (15.35 feet) and carry 2,300 kilograms (5,070 pounds), there are advanced welding solutions to suit every manufacturer — large or small.

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DISPELLING ROBOTIC MYTHS

Myth:
Robots steal American jobs.
Truth:
Automation is necessary to bring part cost down so American products are competitive with the rest of the world. When our products are competitive, manufacturing stays here and companies hire more people in better occupations. By keeping manufacturing here, higher skilled, higher paid jobs are required to operate, program and maintain these systems.