The Role of Robotics In Metal Fabrication

Robotics is a branch of engineering science that deals with robots and computer systems. Extensive research on the functionality and possible uses of robots was commenced in the 20th Century. One of the objectives of developing industrial robots was to improve the quality of manufacturing processes. The fact that robots can work in any environment makes them immensely useful in the manufacturing industry. Hazardous and complicated jobs such as metal fabrication, bomb defusal, exploring shipwrecks and mines can conveniently be performed by bots.

Robotic metal fabrication is a highly sophisticated and complicated technology that automates several manufacturing processes like welding, cladding, machining, and assembling. Working with metal fabrication equipment can be a dangerous task. An automated metal fabrication system minimizes the risk associated with human error and fatigue. Bots automate a series of production repetitive tasks including line configuration, loading, and unloading parts. Automating these tasks help manufacturers achieve a higher level of productivity and safety.

Robotic Machining

Industrial automation technology resolves many issues associated with machining applications. Industrial robots are considered ideal to carry out tasks where accuracy and consistency are of immense importance. They are contributing largely to the improvement of efficiency in machining processes. They have completely outsmarted the conventional machine tools.

Robotic Welding

Robotic welding, in simple words, is an automated process of welding two or more than two metal parts with the help of robots. Articulating and rectilinear are two common types of industrial welding robots. Articulating robot has an arm with rotating joints that work like a human arm. With rotational movements, a rectilinear robot moves in regular lines along X, Y, and Z axis. The best thing about these intelligent industrial devices is that they perform flawless welding in a range of sensitive applications such as automotive and aircraft components. Some of the advantages of automated welding are:

  • Reduction in capital and operating cost
  • Improved consistency and weld quality
  • Reduction in over welding, distortion, and gas consumption
  • Improvements in workplace safety
  • A bot can work for days continuously without showing physical fatigue and drawbacks.
  • Less space is required to install and operate automated industrial production units.

Robotic arc welding is another growing aspect of automated welding. Manufacturers use welding bots to fabricate a wide range of products from cars to airplanes in a fast and cost-effective manner.

Computers have improved the functionality, accuracy, and reliability of industrial automation devices and enable them to be the intelligent controllers of automation. The reason why industries are increasingly deploying automated manufacturing systems, in form of AI bots, is that bots can dramatically improve the productivity and product quality.