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  • Red-hot robots

    May 10th 2017

    AMS takes a look at the latest installations and innovations in the world of robot arms and automation used for welding applications<

  • Compact push-pull robot welding torch

    July 8th 2016

    The Robacta Drive TPS/I welding torch has received a number of improvements including increasing the dynamic of the drive unit to33m/s², which Fronius says is ten-times that of its predecessor. Available as either a gas- or water-cooled version, the welding torch can now be fitted to robots capable of supporting just 3kg and thanks to its three-phase stepper motor…

  • Automated small part welding cell

    July 6th 2016

    The QIROX QR-CC-4.1 compact robot cell has a 2-station workpiece positioner with vertical change and vertical rotation, says system builder Cloos. It offers a clamping length of up to 1,250mm and a maximum load of 250kg per side, which the company says allows a wide range of components to be processed in the system…

  • Resistance welding system

    July 4th 2016

    Amada Miyachi Europe says its AWS3 Active Welding System 3, offers an integrated resistance welding solution that provides process control, monitoring, and quality analysis. The company says the system is available in either servo-motorised or pneumatic versions and can be used alone as a benchtop system or integrated into a production line…

  • Ultrasonic welding for automotive applications

    April 14th 2016

    Telsonic says its latest suite of ultrasonic welding systems have been used to produce a series of exterior and interior components, including sensor housings and switch bezels, for a number of current JLR models. The company claims ultrasonic welding offers precise and repeatable control of the joining process, ensuring that the welding process does not distort, discolour or otherwise damage the ‘A’ surface finishes…

  • IPS milestone at Mercedes-Benz Kassel

    March 11th 2016

    Germany – The plant has now produced 100,000 truck axles using induction pressure welding (IPS in abbreviated German). The technology enables the joining of steel and cast parts with any contours, says parent company Daimler, claiming it is “unique in the world”…

  • Shielding progress

    February 22nd 2016

    As well as protecting the molten metal and heat-affected areas of the workpiece against the ambient atmosphere, the right welding process gas can increase the welding speed and/or improve the mechanical properties of the weld. As a consequence, selecting the right process gas is crucial and technology suppliers are working hard to develop gases which offer genuine competitive advantages…

  • Cooling the cost of welding

    February 2nd 2016

    With up to 5,000 spot welds in a typical mid-sized car, OEMs are investing in the latest energy-efficient welding technologies to cut costs. The importance of reducing energy consumption has seen this topic come under increasing scrutiny at academic institutions worldwide, with engineers at Ohio State University, US, among those claiming a breakthrough. The researchers have developed a new welding technique which is said to consume 80% less energy than a common method, yet creates bonds that are 50% stronger. It could have a significant impact on the automotive industry, which is trending on cars that combine traditional steel parts with lighter, alternative metals to reduce vehicle weight…

  • Welding documentation and data analysis system

    January 6th 2016

    Fronius has developed WeldCube, a documentation and data analysis system. The company says the system connects up to 50 power sources and makes accurate and continuous quality assurance and evaluation of large numbers of parameters possible…

  • Safety comes first

    October 27th 2015

    Automatic weld-seam inspection on high-performance EV batteries makes for stable processes and reduced production costs A high-performance battery for use in electric vehicles needs to be extremely safe. This demand can only be met by the highest quality standards. Optical inspection systems are vital, especially in safety-relevant areas such as weld seams. The camera-based inspection …