Robotic, Submerged Arc Welding Technology

Lincoln Electric Automation says its robotic arc welding system is embedded with advanced technology to enhance submerged arc welding (SAW) with a robot.

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Lincoln Electric Automation says its robotic arc welding system is embedded with advanced technology to enhance submerged arc welding (SAW) with a robot. A wire and flux delivery system is designed to expand the possible applications for robotic SAW. The integrated torch design with streamlined flux delivery enables the user to incorporate robotic SAW solutions on corners and path variations.
 
The system integrates the Power Wave AC/DC 1000 SD welding power source. The machine output is rated 1,000 amps and 44 V at 100-percent duty cycle. With 380-575 VAC and 50/60-Hz input voltage capability, the power source can be connected virtually anywhere. 
 
The digital inverter-based power source features software-driven Waveform Control Technology, which controls DC positive, DC negative, balanced AC and variable AC submerged arc processes without mechanical cable swapping. Subtle waveform changes can be made for precise control of the submerged arc deposition rate and penetration. According to the company, its power source increases weld speeds, quality and efficiencies in single- or multi-arc environments. 
 
The machine features iArc digital controls, delivering processing speeds as fast as 90 times that of the previous generation, resulting in faster arc response and greater arc stability, the company says.
 
The system’s Production Monitoring 2 Web-based software enables managers to track equipment usage; gather and store data by weld, station, shift or date; configure welding process limits; and generate e-mail alerts. The system also features True Energy capability, which provides an easy and accurate method for measuring and displaying energy for critical heat input calculations, the company says.
 
Additional capabilities can be added to the robotic system, such as touch sensing, automated path follow and vision-based tracking, guidance and error-proofing functions.

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