ArcTool Software

Jul 7, 2017

Fanuc has created an application software to help enhance arc welding applications called ArcTool. ArcTool was designed to be easy to load and configure, enabling an easy setup and operation of your Fanuc robot arc welding system. For more questions or to begin the integration of the ArcTool software, contact experts today.

Fanuc Arc Welding Industrial Robots

Robots​.com offers Arc­Tool Appli­ca­tion soft­ware for Fanuc as a rec­om­mend­ed option for arc weld­ing appli­ca­tions. This rec­om­mend­ed option helps increase the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and qual­i­ty of your Arc Weld­ing appli­ca­tion. The Arc­Tool appli­ca­tion soft­ware was designed with sim­plic­i­ty in mind; it is easy to load and pre-pack­aged to match the robot con­fig­u­ra­tion of your spe­cif­ic set­up. It pro­vides the user with a unique process solu­tion to robot­ic arc weld­ing require­ments, includ­ing the stan­dard­iz­ing of the set­up and oper­a­tion of Fanuc robot arc weld­ing appli­ca­tions.

This pro­gram ulti­mate­ly helps the oper­a­tor eas­i­ly pro­gram the robot with its built-in arc weld­ing func­tion­al­i­ty and point-and-shoot posi­tion teach­ing. The teach pen­dant is very easy to use with its com­mon weld­ing ter­mi­nol­o­gy. It also offers full func­tion­al­i­ty with a large dis­play for a full view of weld­ing process set­up, oper­a­tion, and trou­bleshoot­ing includ­ing diag­nos­tics, sta­tus report­ing, and error recov­ery information.


  • The oper­a­tor has full con­trol over the weld­ing process.
  • The instruc­tions for arc weld­ing are writ­ten in easy-to-under­stand words, rather than cod­ed commands.
  • There is plug and play” sim­plic­i­ty with Lin­coln Electric’s Pow­er­Wave 455, 350, or STT power.
  • Mul­ti-task­ing capa­bil­i­ty helps to decrease exe­cu­tion time and enables con­trol of exter­nal devices usu­al­ly con­trolled by a pro­gram­ma­ble log­ic cell controller.
  • The Arc Process and motion con­trol improves weld process qual­i­ty with the abil­i­ty to look ahead, ulti­mate­ly result­ing in faster arc starts and enhanced productivity.
  • Pow­er fail recov­ery capa­bil­i­ty that recov­ers data in the event of a pow­er loss. 
  • Con­fig­urable with all major brands of weld­ing equip­ment and can inter­face with most types of ser­vo-dri­ven or index­ing positioners.
  • To fur­ther help increase arc on-time and cycle speeds, there is the advanced ser­vo con­trol, Tur­bo­Move, which allows quick and smooth point-to-point motion. 
  • There is inde­pen­dent con­trol of up to five motion groups to help sup­port over­lap­ping motion of ser­vo-con­trolled periph­er­al devices.
  • To help reduce arc start faults, there is a scratch start func­tion with an auto­mat­ic recov­ery process.
  • The arc and weave sched­ule data can be entered direct­ly at the instruc­tion or in an easy-to-use sched­ule data table, pro­vid­ed with the most appro­pri­ate lev­el of flex­i­bil­i­ty for their needs.
  • Posi­tion­al data can be hot edit­ed to enable pro­gram posi­tion adjust­ment while pro­duc­tion is run­ning. This leads to even fur­ther robot uptime and part throughput.
  • There is also an on-the-fly” fea­ture that allows the chang­ing of weld process data while the pro­gram is run­ning pro­duc­tion. With this, oper­a­tors can fine-tune process data on the fly, increas­ing the qual­i­ty of the weld with­out any downtime.
  • To help speed up trou­bleshoot­ing and repair, the I/O menu uti­lizes Eng­lish labels on ded­i­cat­ed weld process I/O and periph­er­al device con­trol I/O. Also, the volt­age, cur­rent, and wire-feed speeds are dis­played in large char­ac­ters on the teach pen­dant to allow more flex­i­bil­i­ty in weld equip­ment place​ment​.To fur­ther help improve weave per­for­mance and weld­abil­i­ty and qual­i­ty, there are sinu­soidal, cir­cu­lar, and fig­ure 8 weave patterns.


There are a vari­ety of options avail­able with the Arc­Tool appli­ca­tion soft­ware pack­age. A few of these options include Data Mon­i­tor, Cycle Time Log­ging and Dis­play, Fault and Inci­dent Report­ing, and Email client. 

Exam­ple pic­tures below are cred­it­ed to Fanuc Robot­ics.

Data Mon­i­tor:

A very sim­ple user inter­face that allows easy set­up and cus­tomiza­tion. It is a data acqui­si­tion sys­tem that pro­vides func­tion­al­i­ty to sam­ple, mon­i­tor, and record data. The data mon­i­tor is use­ful for ana­lyz­ing the cur­rent feed­back for through arc Seam Track­ing (TAST) appli­ca­tions. It allows up to six items to be sam­pled at one time includ­ing I/O, sys­tem vari­ables, reg­is­ters, and KAREL vari­ables. The data that is record­ed can then be dis­played on the iPen­dant and/​or for­mat­ted into a data file that is eas­i­ly import­ed into a spread­sheet pro­gram. The oper­a­tor or PLC can also be alert­ed if a para­me­ter goes out­side its defined limits.


Cycle Time Log­ging and Display: 

Able to pro­vide motion, process, appli­ca­tion, and fault times by track­ing indi­vid­ual cycles and hourly aver­ages. Mul­ti­ple cycles can also be viewed on the iPen­dant to observe trends. The cycle time data can be saved to a text file for view­ing offline.


Fault and Inci­dent Reporting: 

Helps to eas­i­ly iden­ti­fy which faults are caus­ing the most down­time by graph­i­cal­ly dis­play­ing robot fault infor­ma­tion. The view­ing of a bar graph enables prob­lem areas to be iden­ti­fied, show­ing the top five faults by inci­dent, longest time, and total time, all dur­ing production.


Email Client:

Enables the shar­ing of infor­ma­tion to spe­cif­ic user groups by email, pager, or text mes­sage. The robot can send pro­duc­tion, down­time, or qual­i­ty infor­ma­tion by email that is ini­ti­at­ed by a user or a spe­cif­ic event.

Con­tact Robots​.com Today! 

Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about the Arc­Tool Soft­ware Pack­age? Then you should give Robots​.com a call! Robots​.com pro­vides solu­tions from many dif­fer­ent robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA. Our team of experts will work with you to help you find the best option for your pro­duc­tion needs.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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