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Angle loader robot
The new Swift Arc AL, angle loader robot system is an economic configuration for a complete work cell that is ideal for job shops introducing robotics to their applications.

The system features a simple cell design with easy-open manual doors for minimum maintenance and two independent working locations for maximum productivity. 

Tooling can be changed on one side while welding takes place on the other side. At 36 x 42 ft. (11 x 13 m), the large capacity flat tableside is approximately twice the size of a 60 in. (1,524 mm) rotating turntable. The cell features the Kuka KR-5 Arc Robot with PC based KRC-2 controller with 11 lb (5 kg) payload and 55.5 in. (1,397 mm) reach.

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Weld oscillation automation
The portable design of this heavy duty remote control oscillator, OSC-PR-13, makes it easy to handle and setup. This compact unit increases productivity and improves weld quality by providing precise automation of welding applications. Mounted on a KAT automation carriage, the oscillator imparts pendulum, tangential or step motion to the welding gun with adjustable stroke widths, speeds and dwell times. Also a wide range of weld patterns can be produced. The oscillation package is designed to increase production and improve the quality of the weld produced in automatic mechanized welding operations by minimizing weld defects such as poor penetration, incomplete fusion, overlap and undercut.

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Plasma cutting torches for robotics
A new line of plasma cutting torches for robotic applications is available in three different angles—180, 90, and 45°—making it easy for companies to find a torch that works for them. Features of the new torches include flats, grooves, and dowel sockets to ensure the torches don’t move or slip once mounted on a robot. 

The robotic torches are smaller in size than a normal mechanized torch, making them easier to program. Made with different materials than a traditional torch, it makes them more durable and flexible. The robotic torches are used with Hypertherm’s Powermax 65, 85 and 105 air plasma systems. The 105 unit is the newest system designed to cut comfortably 1 1/4 in. (32 mm) thick metal and sever metal up to 2 in. (50 mm) thick.


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Robotics guns
The Magnum PRO guns combine a robust design with expendable parts that are interchangeable across the entire Magnum PRO line. The Lincoln Copper Plus contact tips have more copper than the leading competition for better heat dissipation, resulting in a longer tip life. The Anti-Seize tip and diffuser threads with the flattened thread profile increase the thread cross-section where heat typically concentrates and tips fail. This results in reduced melting, fusion, seizing and extended contact tip service.

The guns feature a single tool centre point (TCP); changing between 350 amperage and 550 amperage expendables does not alter the robot TCP.
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Material handling robots
Three new automated material handling robots, the HS-80, HS-165 and HS-200, combined with the Panasonic G3 welding robot, position the material for optimum welding for a complete synchronized robotic solution for industrial customers. The common G3 pendant and language eliminates the need to learn additional robotic languages.

The G3 material handler’s jigless welding ability means faster welding speeds and the reduction of out-of-position welding in the robotic cell. The handler synchronized with the welder presents the material into position for the welding robot. The programming of the weld position becomes as easy as working with a fixed workpiece, ensuring that out-of-position welding is avoided.

The HS-G3 material handling robots offer network capabilities with fully digital communication protocol to meet the needs of most industrial work environments. 

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Reduce cut cost up to 16%
HeavyCut Technology extends consumables life and enables precision cuts on mild steel up to two in. (50.8 mm) thick. 

The consumables for 300 and 400-amp integrated automated plasma cutting systems feature multiple hafnium inserts instead of a single insert. The consumables also feature a two-piece shield cup that cools the cup all the way to the orifice. These combined features can dramatically reduce the cut cost per foot. In addition to the new consumables, HeavyCut Technology works in concert with the dynamic, real-time process control offered by Victor Thermal Dynamics iCNC XT controller and the cutting capabilities of its UltraCut high precision plasma power sources.
Victor Technologies


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