Gunslingers on gun control: A robotic perspective

Apr 8, 2013

Robotic welding guns have enhanced product quality and made applications faster and more efficient. There are a variety of welding guns available on the market today, so contact representatives to find the perfect one for your automation needs.


Gun con­trol is a hot-but­ton” issue in the Unit­ed States and has been for years. From U.S. pres­i­dent assas­si­na­tions to decades of school shoot­ing tragedies, humans have become polar­ized on their stance on the issue. But we are talk­ing about robot­ic weld­ing gun control. 

Over the years, robot­ic weld­ing guns have improved to enhance the qual­i­ty, as well as the con­trol, dur­ing weld­ing applications.

A robot­ic welder uses a process which applies intense heat to two met­al work pieces, caus­ing the met­al to melt and inter­mix, unit­ing the pieces. Auto­mo­tive indus­tries, steel indus­tries, and beyond have tak­en advan­tage of auto­mat­ed robot­ic weld­ing sys­tems because of the con­trol these indus­tri­al arms have on their weld­ing guns.

With the help of soft­ware sim­u­la­tions and 3‑D vision sys­tems, weld­ing robots have more con­trol over their guns. Welds are high­er qual­i­ty, and appli­ca­tions are faster and more effi­cient than ever before.

There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent weld­ing guns avail­able on the mar­ket today. Weld­ing guns can be inte­grat­ed with sev­er­al indus­tri­al robots, includ­ing those made by Fanuc, Motoman and KUKA.

Tre­gaskiss, a man­u­fac­tur­er of MIG weld­ing guns, offers buy­ers the TOUGH GUN series of weld­ing guns. This series is engi­neered for reli­a­bil­i­ty, resilience and repeata­bil­i­ty dur­ing the weld­ing process. These guns are con­trolled by built-in sys­tems that ensure pre­cise align­ment dur­ing each weld­ing application.

Anoth­er man­u­fac­tur­er, Fro­nius Inter­na­tion­al, makes a laser hybrid weld­ing gun that sta­bi­lizes the laser weld­ing process and keeps weld­ing spat­ter-free, even at the high­est speed, increase safe­ty in the work envi­ron­ment. The Laser­Hy­brid can weld alu­minum, steel, gal­va­nized steel and high grade steels up to 4mm in thick­ness, giv­ing the man­u­fac­tur­er flexibility.

Lin­coln Elec­tric offers the man­u­fac­tur­er flex­i­bil­i­ty in weld­ing appli­ca­tions. Lin­coln has sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of weld­ing guns for MIG weld­ing, TIG weld­ing, Arc weld­ing, pulsed MIG weld­ing, stick weld­ing, etc. The MAG­NUM Pro series is engi­neered for easy repair, has a high per­form­ing arc, and can be pur­chased in either a through-arm ver­sion or an exter­nal dress version.

Every­one knows that safe­ty is an impor­tant fac­tor in gun con­trol. Not only can robot­ic welders work hours with­out fatigue, but they also up the safe­ty lev­el of their fac­to­ry envi­ron­ment by keep­ing humans out of the way of haz­ardous fumes and intense heat.

When it comes to gun safe­ty, robot­ic welders have the issue under control.

Robots​.com, an inte­gra­tor of indus­tri­al robot arms, helps man­u­fac­tur­ers auto­mate their weld­ing process­es, match­ing them with the right robot and the right weld­ing gun to fit the appli­ca­tion and lev­el of con­trol they need.

Robots​.com works with robot­ic weld­ing arms from sev­er­al includ­ing Fanuc, KUKA, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and Motoman, as well as weld­ing guns from those man­u­fac­tur­ers list­ed above. If you feel you are ready to find out more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing your weld­ing process, con­tact a sales team mem­ber at Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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