Software optimizes robotic offline programming for cutting, welding
- January 8, 2016
Hypertherm's Robotic Software Team has introduced a new suite of specialized tools that make it easy to optimize robotic welding and cutting, whether plasma, laser or waterjet-by creating optimized paths.
Team leader Chahe Bakmazjian says a significant rise in robotic cutting and welding in recent years is prompting greater adoption of robotic technology. “A sharp increase in demand for small-batch and high-mix applications is causing more companies to turn to robots,” explains Bakmazjian. “Robots are ideal for these sorts of jobs because they have the ability to adapt to frequent changes; however, simple programming is key since the traditional method of teaching a robot is very time consuming.”
Hypertherm’s Robotmaster software makes it possible to program almost any type of robot offline using familiar CAD/CAM software. For example, live demonstrations at FABTECH 2015 in Chicago showcased a Fanuc robot operating a welding gun and an ABB robot with a plasma cutting torch. A total of five booths had their robots programmed with Robotmaster and running live demos for passerby’s at FABTECH 2015.
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Hypertherm’s Robotic Software Team develops Robotmaster, off-line programming software that provides quick and easy tools for industrial robotics and manufacturing. This allows robot programmers to drastically reduce programming time and effort by adopting Robotmaster while maximizing a rapid return on their investment. Robotmaster software is ideally suited to program robots for such tasks as trimming, cutting, welding, de-burring, polishing, dispensing, grinding, spraying, painting and 3D machining, while supporting most industrial robot brands.