22 August 2013

Laser robot developments boost productivity

The TruLaser Robot 5020 is a standardised, 6-axis, modular robot cell whose elements can be specified to suit the precise needs of the customer. And now, in addition to a hand operated turntable, it is available with an automatic rotary changer with turning axis. This enables high speed, continuous welding for volume manufacturing.

Whilst one part is being welded, the operator sets up the next part in the changer, reducing downtime to a minimum; safety light beams and a system of sensors protect the operator during set-up. Dependant on their size, several parts can be welded at a time. And in keeping with the flexibility of this machine, custom part holders can also be accommodated.

Another new development for this multi-purpose machine is a modular clamping system. It is designed to clamp components of different sizes and shapes – from a simple sheet metal part to a bent profile – in preparation for laser welding.

The clamping system is aimed at those producing multiple components in small batch sizes or prototypes. It quickly clamps any workpiece, optimising the production cycle for both conduction and deep penetration welding.

Another new addition is the motorised focus adjustment allowing a smooth progression from a heat-conducting joint requiring a shallow weld depth to a deep weld with a seam thickness of several millimetres. This allows the TruLaser Robot to be used for welding components with complex geometries and can apply every kind of weld including butt, lap, fillet and flange welds.

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