MIG welding for collaborative robots
- Published: September 21, 2017
Universal Robots and ARC Specialties have jointly developed the first MIG welding system in North Ameria for collaborative robots, SnapWeld Collaborative Robot Welding. The SnapWeld will be shown for the first time at FABTECH in Chicago.
The package consists of a cobot-assited interactive welding systm that be used in existing, manual welding booths, eliminating the need for new robotic cells.
“We are getting a lot of requests for integrating Universal Robots in welding booths, so we saw this as a unique opportunity to develop an integrated low-cost system for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) applications that no one else in the market is currently offering,” says John Martin, VP of ARC Specialties, a certified systems integrator of UR robots.
The welding system integrated with the UR robot is comprised of a Profax wire feeder and water cooled torch enabling welds up to 600 amps, with torch bracket, all cables and hose packages included. The simplified programming is enabled by direct software integration into Universal Robots’ own programming environment through the Universal Robots+ platform, that will allow users to program advanced settings directly on the teach pendant that comes with the UR robot.
Settings include features such as wire feed speed and burn back time, gas flow time, and crater fill time with instant feedback on welding volts and amps.