Way back in 1962, George Devol and Joseph Engelberger fired up the world’s first robotic welder on the General Motors factory assembly line. Spot welding – which was considered hazardous for humans – was now the responsibility of this accurate and tireless tool.
It was only 20 years later that robotic welding found its commercial application in various industries as more businesses saw the undeniable benefits unfolding.
What made this innovation so attractive to the metal industry as a whole?
The benefits of robotic welding
Robotics.org says, “Soon the benefits of welding automation became more widely recognized and robotic welding started to make an entrance into other industries, such as metals manufacturing. Rapid innovation followed. Recent improvements such as advanced motion control and 3D laser vision have made robots more functional and productive than ever before.”
Once programmed, a robotic welder is both faster and more accurate than its human counterpart. This reduces the time and cost of production and reduces the need for training and supervising a team of welders.
A robotic welder can operate at the same speed, with the same accuracy for hours or days with the same reliable result. Time to market is drastically reduced, and materials are used more economically.
As technology advances, the accuracy and complexity of robotic welders have leapt forward which guarantees a consistently high-quality weld.
The mundane or repetitive tasks can be programmed and left to run with the knowledge that the outcome will always be perfect.
The heat, fumes, and other dangers associated with welding have proven serious safety hazards for welders over the years. Granting the tasks to a robotic welder allows for a safer environment for metalworkers.
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