Intelligent Welding Robots

Fanuc Robotics offers its ARC Mate 100iC intelligent welding robot equipped with iRVision. The six-axis robot features a compact design and offers an integrated welding solution with operation efficiency, speed, load capacity and enhanced performance for welding parts of virtually all shapes and sizes, the company says. The robot’s internal routing allows the dress package to follow the motion range of the robot, which is said to simplify programming and eliminate bending, snagging or breaking cables. The ARC Mate 100iC and R-30iA controller can be integrated into a welding system that includes a weld torch cable, a wire feeder and a welding power supply. The controller has the ability to control 40 axes (four robots and other equipment). The robot’s design enhancements include a cantilevered forearm that is inherently rigid, simplifying cable management and maintenance. Other features include integrated wire-feed control cable with shielding gas hose and welding power cables; a 10-kg payload that supports traditional welding dress-out packages; a slimmer forearm to maximize reach in confined areas; and floor, inverted and angled mounting options. Intelligent functions include iRVision, a ready-to-use robotic vision package; Roboguide-WeldPro simulation package, which models the robot dress out and downloads programs to the robot; and collision guard. The robot also features ArcLink XT, an Ethernet-based welding network.