Robotic Welders at Caterpillar Inc.

Dec 9, 2013

​Caterpillar Inc. is one of the biggest users of arc welding technology on the globe. ARC welding robots have helped the Caterpillar plant produce consistent and top-quality products for many years. They now have several hundred arc welding robots in their plants.


Cater­pil­lar is one of the largest users of arc weld­ing tech­nol­o­gy world­wide. The com­pa­ny was imme­di­ate­ly intrigued when robots where first intro­duced to arc weld­ing. Cater­pil­lar poured ener­gy into research­ing robot­ic arc weld­ing, and con­tin­ue to devel­op advanced robot­ic sys­tems today. They now have sev­er­al hun­dred robots in oper­a­tion in their plants specif­i­cal­ly engaged in arc weld­ing. They real­ized that qual­i­ty, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, and the envi­ron­ment would all be pos­i­tive­ly impact­ed with the intro­duc­tion of robots in arc weld­ing.

Appli­ca­tion of the Cat Weld­ing Tech­nol­o­gy suite is rec­og­niz­able on nine Cater­pil­lar prod­uct lines. It decreas­es man­u­fac­tured struc­ture cost and weight and increas­es strength. Cater­pil­lar engi­neers have designed mate­ri­als to facil­i­tate the build­ing of struc­tures that can with­stand the most high-stress and high-impact appli­ca­tions. Since Caterpillar’s iron and steel fab­ri­ca­tions are cru­cial to machines that build air­ports and dams, move tons of rock, and pow­er ships and loco­mo­tives, it is a name the cus­tomer can trust.

Cat Weld­ing Tech­nolo­gies improves per­for­mance through pre­cise fit-up tol­er­ances, assem­bly align­ment, and weld-bead con­trol. Life pre­dictabil­i­ty of struc­tures using these process­es increas­es, while costs decrease because of the low­er man­u­fac­tur­ing cost asso­ci­at­ed with fix­tur­ing and reduced materials.

Cater­pil­lar offers sev­er­al devel­op­ment pro­grams for poten­tial future employ­ees. The Lead­er­ship and Tech­ni­cal Devel­op­ment Pro­gram offers a Weld­ing Engi­neer­ing Track to build a foun­da­tion for future suc­cess as a part of the Cater­pil­lar Weld­ing Engi­neer­ing com­mu­ni­ty. It is a three-year pro­gram with three rota­tion assign­ments. Stu­dents are con­sid­ered full-time Cater­pil­lar employ­ees with salary and benefits.

Robots​.com proud­ly has served large com­pa­nies like Cater­pil­lar Inc. to inte­grate a prop­er robot­ic weld­ing sys­tem to fit their needs. If you are inter­est­ed in incor­po­rat­ing weld­ing robots into your facil­i­ty, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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