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What to consider on New or Used Robot Integration?

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New and used Robots Integration

Used Robots are more popular and affordable each year.  What is your Industry – Automotive, medical, maritime, manufacturing, logistics, construction, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, military, hospitality, consumer, airborne, security, and transportation?. Do not worry, new or used robots cut across every industry. This technology so powerful and so ready to change everything.

When considering an automation, you should ask the question “What are our goals?” By identifying goals before starting the process, the company can determine if an automation is a right solution. Those goals may include improved throughput, increased quality or simplified training for robots operators. Once a company identifies the challenges and goals, then it’s important for operations to choose the right new or used robots that best fits their current and future needs.

Elements to consider when install a new or used robots:

  • Choose new or used robot according to the payload required
  • The mechanical and electrical installation of the robot and it’s commissioning.
  • The end of arm tooling and electrical installation
  • The Cell control panel with or without PLC and HMI.
  • The mechanical, electrical installation and testing of the cell control panel, guarding, safety systems, fixtures and part transfer systems
  • The workpiece fixtures of the parts and exiting the finished parts after the robot operations.
  • The cell guarding and operator access
  • The programming for the robot operations
  • Standby during production run-up
  • Training and Preventive maintenance

All these terms seem complicated but Phoenix will guide you through the automation process. We can do a complete installation or if you prefer to do some of the work to reduce cost, we will be more than happy to supervise the works you are able to do.

Project Management for new and used robots integration

Managing of all the phases in a systems integration or installation of the new or used robots are an involved process. From the design and install, to test and commissioning, all the various tasks will be managed until the completion of the project. Our project manager will carefully plan and schedule the complete process from start to finish to manage all the details and carry out quality checks throughout the different phases of the project, liaising with you the client at each stage.

Robot welding automation using 3D printing

Even though companies have the idea that robots are difficult to program, they soon learn that robots are easier to program and that in the long run, it’s easier to train someone to operate the robot than teaching somebody to weld.  Now, however, a team of students at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has taken another approach – they’ve created the world’s first stainless steel bike made via a welding-based 3D-printing technique. The students want to demonstrate the potential of robot welding technology. See video

Why invest in robot welding automation?  

Robot welding automation is no longer just for large manufacturers; it also offers benefits for small enterprises. Robot welding is an automated process that improves productivity and weld consistency to lower costs for production, labour, and materials. Likewise, robots also help companies gain a competitive advantage over those businesses that have not made the transition to robotic welding.

The decision to adopt robotic welding automation is getting easier every day because of the lack of skilled welders available to fulfill the requirements of large and small companies.  Thus, they can also gain greater flexibility by adding automation. Particularly SEMs are beginning to make the investment in this technology and realizing positive results.

Key Considerations

There are some key considerations to make before adding robot welding automation in your company.  Some key considerations for the welding process are:

  • It is important to ensure that the parts to be welded are appropriate to an automated welding process,
  • selecting the right system,
  • physical space and training welding operators properly

These are just a few factors that can help companies gain the best in efficiency and maximise the return on investment.

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Benefits of robot welding automation

  1.  Robotic welding offers consistency and high repeatability of the welds produced. A robotic welder is more consistent and thorough and can move from one weld to the next quickly, speeding up the entire process.

  2. Significant improvements in productivity and finished part quality

  3. Lower production costs by reducing labour requirements. You can have a good welder supervising the work of several automated cells instead of having to find and train a lot of welders for the job.

  4. Consistent cycle times, no break in production, and better weld allowing for less weld spattering and less post-weld clean-up

  5. Reduce the time and money spent on rework. Lower welding production costs by reducing waste materials.

  6. Robot-based welding automation can tolerate much harsher work environments

Our expertise

Phoenix works with you to ensure that you get the best of your return on investment (ROI) on your robotic welding systems.

Contact Us for a free consultation for the most convenient automation solution for your company.