Self-Programming Robot Sets Its Own Weld Path

TRUMPF has introduced new sensors that enable its arc welding robot to program its own weld path. The robot makes use of the manufacturer’s new smart seam-tracking technology, developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. Housed in the head of the welding torch, the sensor automatically calculates the weld path for each part.

The user places the welding robot in the start position, and the robot uses the sensor to determine the weld path automatically. The system software calculates the weld spots and creates the welding program for the part. The robot is ready to go in a matter of seconds, even for complex parts such as spiral arcs, the company states.

Courtesy of TRUMPF.

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