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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.

People interested in learning more about Robotmaster and hearing from a manufacturer currently using the software can do so by watching a new video that shows how one company is remaining competitive and expanding its use of robots despite having little to no robotic programming experience. Watch video.

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. 


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Effective welding of plate with surface contaminants

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Thread forming tap optimized for automotive applications

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Robust PullMig welding torch

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Electric tube bender

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Expanded turret capacity

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Robot monitoring system

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Parting-off and external threading toolholders

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Five axis horizontal machining centre

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Quick-change chucks

Dillon Manufacturing’s full line-up of power chucks are ideal for new lathes or as replacement power chucks.

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