Universal Robots' booth at Automate showcased the latest innovations in a rapidly expanding application field, including the world's first cobot spot welder, designed and manufactured by Pro Spot International.
While other welding technologies such as MIG welding have become popular choices for collaborative robots, spot welding has up until now been prohibitive for cobots due to the weight of the weld gun and the complexity of the welds. With the new i5s resistance spot welder, Pro Spot has developed a lightweight solution, delivering 2-3x more manufacturing capacity than manual spot welding.
"We married our most sophisticated spot welder with Universal Robots' safe, unrivaled technology," says Ron Olsson, Pro Spot President and Founder. "The combined platform is a powerhouse of productivity and throughput greatly benefiting any manufacturer who joins sheet metal through spot welding."
Another manual welding tool now incorporated in a cobot application is the new rotational positioner from THG Automation, addressing any welder who ever struggled to weld circular or odd-shaped parts.
"Welders use positioners manually all the time, and it was a natural progression for us to incorporate positioners into our collaborative welding system to allow the weldments to be presented to the robot at a more optimal orientation," says Matt Hendey, CEO of THG Automation.
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