Robot welding is the use of mechanized programmable tools (robots), which completely automate a welding process by both performing the weld and handling the part.
Robot welding is commonly used for resistance spot welding and arc welding in high production applications, such as the automotive industry.
Robotic welding is being increasingly used to improve welding efficiency, to compensate for the lack of skilled workers and to stabilize the quality. Robotic welding provides higher efficiency, faster welding, lower spatter and lower cost.
Technical innovations in robotic welding have facilitated conventional manual welding processes in severe working conditions where enormous heat and fumes are to be replaced. Moreover robotic welding has greater capability to control robot motion, welding parameters and have the capability for enhanced wrong detection and wrong correction.
Robotic welding system mainly consists of a robot, welding equipment, controller, a work clamping devices and motion devices to grasp work pieces precisely in position, robot motion equipment’s to move round the robot and good weld orientations, sensors, and safety equipment’s.
Key Drivers of Robotic Welding Market
The global automotive industry is considered as one of the key drivers for robotic welding market over the forecast period, robotic welding is key in producing new, advanced, and high quality cars. Robots used in the auto industry can complete not just one task but a variety of tasks such as painting, welding, finishing, and many more. Some of the top robot models used by automotive manufacturers include the Motoman UP130, UP6, and UP20.
In Aerospace industry most of the tasks require precision and rigidity on big parts, these are now executed by industrial robots. In addition, aircraft programs last from 10 to 30 years thus the payback on a simple welding task can be very critical & beneficial for aircraft manufacturers, with rapid growing aerospace industry the global need for robotic welding witness a great scope over the forecast period for new entrants.
Moreover, Numerous safety risks exist for welders such as electric shock, exposure to gases and toxic fumes, and welder’s flash burns to the eyes cornea. Robotic welders have proven themselves in reducing the number of accidents to workers in the metal fabrication industry with the less number of injuries.
Advanced robotic welding have a decade long history in electronics and electrical components industries. Like any manufacturer, those in the electronics industry do what they can to adapt to the ever-changing technology in their field. That means automating many of their applications such as welding. By using robotic welding electronic manufacturers are able to improve their testing processes for their electrical components, including equipment tests, and add capacity for the product line to meet the demand of the consumers.
ABB has added the TIP TIG process to its platform of robotic welding technologies. Developed by TIP TIG International AG, the process is a variation of gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Instead of supplying the filler wire into the weld pool at a continuous rate, the feeder agitates the wire back and forth. Electrical current, supplied by a secondary power source, is also applied to the filler wire. Coventionally, GTAW is extremely slow, but with robotic TIP TIG, you can approach gas metal arc welding (GMAW) speeds.
On October 2019, Vectis Automation has teamed up with Universal Robots to create the Vectis Cobot Welding Tool, aimed to help manufacturers boost productivity by reducing the learning curve, deployment time, risk, and cost of robotic welding. The tool is powered by an UR10e cobot, and is also available as a low-risk, rent-to-own option. These two companies have planned to show off the tool at the upcoming FABTECH show in Chicago, on November 11.
Key Players Operating in Market:
Some of the major key players operating in the robotic welding market are