However, despite the reality of the robotic welding system boom, many first-time buyers are skeptical about robotic automation, given the cost and new technology it brings to the company. These fears can be eased with a few simple explanations.
Robotic welding systems are easier than ever to program. Many have touch screens or Windows-based programming on teach pendants, which is very user-friendly. Most workers can learn to program a robot in 1-2 days.
Also, since it is not necessary to dedicate a robot to one single task on a line, like many machines in the past, the investment in a robot system will decrease production costs and the cost of extra equipment.
As far as the cost of a welding robotic system, much like other technology over the years, the cost of systems have dropped over the years, while companies still continue to innovate. So, in reality, a manufacturer is getting a better system at a cheaper price than 20 years ago, with updated software, speed and accuracy.
Once these fears have been eased, manufacturers should take their manufacturing process under consideration and decide whether it should be redesigned to fit the automation of a robotic welding system. While robotic welding can improve a welding application, it cannot make up for a poor production plan or improper part handling.
After all the considerations have been made for production, manufacturers can contact a robotic systems integrator like RobotWorx to begin to design and customize the perfect robotic weld system for their facility.