How robotic welding helped steel production and construction

Apr 25, 2013

Steel industries have started shifting from manual welding to automated welding as they have seen the cost savings, floor savings, and overall increase in product quality. Robotic welding has truly changed the steel production and construction industries, making them more cost effective and producing a fast ROI.


Today, there are sev­er­al met­al indus­tries that use robot­ic weld­ing, and the steel and con­struc­tion indus­tries are no dif­fer­ent. But, it has not always been that way.

Over the last cou­ple of decades, indus­tries have shift­ed from man­u­al welders to robot­ic weld­ing cells due to high­er depo­si­tion rates, high qual­i­ty fin­ished welds, and less work­er error.

One con­struc­tion com­pa­ny, ConX­tech, decid­ed all the way back in 2000 to use robot­ic weld cells to help con­struct their mid-rise res­i­den­tial struc­tures that use steel frames. Fanuc and Lin­coln Elec­tric prod­ucts became vital to that company’s suc­cess by hav­ing the right reach and accu­ra­cy for the job – plates that required full-pen­e­tra­tion welds on the top and bot­tom flanges and fil­let welds on the beam’s web and the back of the flanges.

In 2006, LB Steel/​Coburn, a man­u­fac­tur­er of many steel prod­ucts for rail­way and oth­er indus­tries, decid­ed it was time for new robot­ic welders to help their process. The com­pa­ny imple­ment­ed three Motoman weld­ing cells to accom­mo­date their larg­er vol­ume of prod­ucts, cut­ting down the weld­ing time from 12 hours man­u­al­ly to 2 – 3 hours robotically.

These com­pa­nies, as well as oth­ers, have real­ized that weld­ing robot­ics has height­ened accu­ra­cy and reli­a­bil­i­ty, as well as increased repeata­bil­i­ty, which speeds up the process, sav­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers time and money.

Ready to con­sid­er automat­ing your met­al weld­ing process? Robots​.com engi­neers will work with you to cus­tomize a robot­ic weld­ing cell per­fect for your pro­duc­tion needs. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Robots​.com today at 8777626881.

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