Click image to enlarge

ABB Robotics and Fronius International plan to develop a fully equipped robotic welding package as part of a global agreement to collaborate and support both new and existing customers with advanced technology.

The welding pacakges will provide modular, cost-effective solutions for companies to more easily initiate or upgrade a robotic welding system. Fonius equipment will be featured at all certified ABB Robotics welding lab locations, allowing customers to conduct robotic welding trials on the latest robotic welding equipment.

ABB is featuring two new offerings using Fronius technology. The first, the ArcPack U2 with the new ABB IRB 1520ID dedicated arc welding robot with Fronius equipment, is a modular, entry-level welding cell with two fixed stations. The standard twin table configuration is ideal for small components, and can be provided as either a complete welding function package or a fully integrated cell at an affordable price. The second new product is an EthernetIP integrated communications interface for programming and operating Fronius power sources on the ABB FlexPendant, ABB’s intuitive HMI. This single point of programming will allow weld data to be controlled by the FlexPendant through the interface. ABB FlexArc cells and welding packages can be equipped with the ABB-Fronius EthernetIP interface option.

“ABB Robotics and Fronius have been working closely together for many years,” says Erwin DiMalanta, senior manager, ABB Robotics. “This formal agreement, featuring two global technology leaders in their respective segments, will take the relationship to the next level, bringing welding segment customers more affordable access to leading edge equipment, and far more intuitive, user friendly operating interfaces.”

ABB says it will continue to provide integrated welding solutions with other major suppliers of welding equipment.

ABB Robotics

Fronius

Effective job estimation strategies

By Tim Wilson

Most companies set their cost targets based on what they’ve done already. There are two problems with this: first, it limits opportunity for improvement; and second, it doesn’t help much with new jobs. As the saying goes: if you look in the rear view mirror, you might drive off a cliff.

Fives acquires aerospace engineering firm

Fives has acquited Lund Engineering, a Seattle, OR, business that designs and builds electro mechanical equipment for composite aerospace structures and components. The acquisition expands Fives' offerings in the aerospace industry.

High performance micro TIG

The high performance MAWA-300B pulsed micro TIG welding power supply is ideal for pulse arc welding of coils and terminals, bus bars and coated wires in the automotive, medical, battery and electronics industries.

Robotic arc welding tracking

 

ABB's WeldGuide is a combined process control and “Through the Arc” adaptive seam tracking system integrated into the robot controller.

CWBi Acorn and UA Canada contribute to skilled trades education

In a new partnership, UA Canada is adopting CWBi Acorn as a training tool for its welder members.

Héroux-Devtek announces extension of Boeing contract

Aerospace manufacturer Héroux-Devtek Inc. has announced a six-year extension of its landing gear contract with Boeing.

Auto industry investing in electrification at U of Windsor

Over the past several years the automotive industry has taken a serious interest in an innovative lab at the University of Windsor that is spearheading research into electric and connected vehicles.

Innovative Toronto bicycle manufacturer adopts automated manufacturing

Helix Labs Inc. of Toronto, maker of what it says is the most compact, lightest and safest folding bike available, recently decided to automate its manufacturing facilities to meet demand for cost savings, quality and consistency.

$11.5 M fed funding for cars of the future

The Federal government is investing $11.5 to help Canada's automotive industry develop technologies for cars of the future. Up to 80 skilled jobs will be created in BC, Ontario and Quebec.

Welding group applauds federal budget

The Canadian Welding Association is happy with the federal government's initiatives for skills development outlined in the recent 2016 budget, "Growing the Middle Class."

Ontario manufacturers keep the PPE coming

Ontario has been investing in local manufacturers in order to keep frontline workers and communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, and more of these innovative businesses are receiving financial support through the Ontario Together Fund to re-tool their processes and increase their capacity to make personal protective equipment (PPE).

Absolute Machine Tools sold to employee ownership trust

Absolute Machine Tools has been sold to, and is now owned by, an Employee Stock Ownership Trust (ESOP).

Mitsubishi Electric acquires ASTES4 SA

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, an established MC Machinery automation solutions partner, has announced the acquisition of ASTES4 SA.

Welding for motorsports: Lincoln seminar

Lincoln Electric hosted metal fabricators in the racing industry during its Advanced Motorsports Welding seminar held at its Cleveland, OH, world headquarters.

Big turnout for BC machine tool open house

In yet another sign that the manufacturing industry is in revival mode, 300 people attended an open house at Thomas Skinner's Vancouver, BC, branch, "the best turn-out in years," says Don Babineau, vice president of operations.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn