Benefits of Robotic Welding

Robotic welding technologies are appearing more and more – in large manufacturing plants and small, project-based workshops. While a robotic welding system often calls for a hefty upfront investment, it can also improve bottom-line business performance from the first day of operation.

Used correctly, the benefits include:

More Consistent, Higher-Quality Welds

This is the aspect that draws most businesses to consider robotic welding in the first place. The quality of robotic welds relies on both quality of materials and consistency of workflow. Once these issues are systematized, however, a robotic device can perform exceptionally high quality, efficient welds much more consistently than even the most experienced professionals.

Greater Productivity, Yields, and Throughput

Robotic automation means that an 8-hour or 12-hour workplace can be more easily retooled for 24-hour service. Not only that, but quality robotic systems streamline key processes and help humans avoid dangerous or repetitive tasks. That means a much lower error rate, a reduction in avoidable time away from work, and the chance for team members to focus on higher-level challenges.

Reduced Waste and Less Rework in General

No matter what size the enterprise, overwelding is a scourge: It’s one of the biggest sources of waste for any welder and can cost tens of thousands of dollars on even modest projects. Robots can use ultra-precise specifications to ensure far lower metal filler costs. A robot never feels the need to “play it safe” with an oversized weld bead, no matter how complex the task.

Drastically Reduced Post-Weld Cleanup

Some post-weld cleanup is unavoidable in any project. However, less wasted material translates to a faster cleanup. Less weld spattering means there’s virtually no system downtime between projects. Seams can be clean and neat, helping meet the requirements of even the most exacting clients.

Faster, More Efficient Road to the Market

Virtually everything in a robotic welding system can be routinized to a precise degree. Granular control means users can adapt quickly to new projects no matter how unusual or innovative they are. That's just the kind of advantage that can help small shops compete with larger, more established market rivals.

Although robotic welding has seen niche use for years, the cost of a comprehensive automated welding system remains relatively high. Early adopters have a unique opportunity to capture major productivity benefits and set the pace for manufacturing. To learn more, watch this webinar that is all about robotic welding.