Cobot Takes on Welding Processes
Trumpf is bringing a collaborative robot for arc welding to market. The company hopes that the easy-to-use cobot will help counter the industry’s skills shortage.
For the first time, Trumpf is offering a collaborative robot for automated arc welding with their TruArc Weld 1000 model. To set up the robot, the operator moves it by hand over a component. The program is generated by entering waypoints and the weld seam’s starting and end points into a control unit. The control system for the cobot also includes templates for welding programs and welding parameters – for sheets of different thickness, for example. The cobot automatically produces the weld seam in accordance with the set-up information.
The manufacturer guarantees that the cobot can be programmed and put to use in just a few minutes. Very little prior knowledge is required to operate it. The robot can weld components with dimensions of up to 2000 x 600 x 600 mm. It can also weld smaller components in two-station operation, in which the robot switches between two positions along a linear axis. Whilst it is welding on one side, the operator can prepare the component on the other side.