Introduction to robotic welding automation
“With the deployment of a welding robot from another location, we at Fortaco JL were first introduced to welding robot automation in 2014. As always with the introduction of a new technology, that was a major challenge, but the support of Fortaco Wroclaw, which already had 8 robots, helped us overcome that. With the installation, configured for a number of customer-specific products, we were able to double the output for those products and increase the quality and repeatability. This positive experience was a good reason for us to start welding other products using robots. For this, we had approached various suppliers, including Valk Welding. "We were not yet familiar with their technology at the time,” Jaroszyński explains.
Programming and welding seam location bottleneck
“The search and arc welding functions of our previous welding robot installation were not reliable, and the results were not satisfactory. A properly functioning weld seam search system was, therefore, the first requirement. We also wanted to get rid of online programming, because it caused the welding robot to be unavailable for production for several hours or even a number of days. Programming for the implementation of new products or optimizing the program took so much time that we constantly had to interrupt the planning and work weekend overtime,” continues Jaroszyński.