Collaborative robots offer advantages over classic industrial robots
For years, we have occupied a strong market position in the field of cobots for welding technology. Together with our renowned partners Universal Robots (UR) and Lorch, we not only deliver first-class solutions for MIG-MAG and TIG welding applications, but also cobots for handling light components.
What is a collaborative robot capable of?
Cobots or collaborative robots are industrial robots that do not completely replace human labor, but - like other tools and machines - usefully supplement it. A cobot therefore works together with a human. Unlike other industrial robots, collaborative robots are not separated from their human partners by protective devices when working, but can work together in their immediate vicinity. This is only possible if there is no risk of injury from the robot's activity (e.g., due to a large swivel range of the robot boom). A cobot has sophisticated sensors that ensure immediate automatic shutdown as soon as it comes into contact with an obstacle.
What tasks is a cobot suitable for?
Collaborative robots are primarily used for handling and welding tasks. Here, the ease of programming and the possibility of rapid integration into running processes have a positive impact. Thanks to the automation of tiring and strenuous tasks, personnel are relieved by the cobot, making more time available for higher-level activities. Productivity and precision can be noticeably increased as a result.
Typical fields of application for cobots
exact dosing during the application of auxiliary materials in production (e.g. lacquers, sealants, adhesives)
Loading of CNC injection molding and ICT machines with components
Performing handling tasks (e.g. packaging, palletizing, loading, bin picking, etc.)
Insertion and/or assembly of parts as well as assembly of screws, etc.
Quality assurance by taking over testing, inspection and measuring tasks
These are the advantages offered by cobots from Lorch and Universal Robots:
greater efficiency of processes and improved safety in production
Taking over dangerous, monotonous and tiring work (thus reducing the workload on personnel)
reduction of production costs due to higher efficiency and precision
easy programming and setup due to intuitive operation
Commissioning can be carried out within a very short time
significantly less expensive than conventional industrial robots
not only suitable for simple tasks, but also for complex tasks
fast ROI: collaborative robots pay for themselves in production after less than one year on average
What is the process of cobot programming?
Both the operation and the programming of our collaborative robots are designed to be very simple and intuitive. To program a task, the operator only has to move the robot arm to the desired position and save it as a spatial point in each case. The latter is easily done via the touchscreen panel. The robot then reproduces the programmed motion path absolutely perfectly. This innovative type of programming can be carried out reliably by auxiliary personnel without the need for extensive training.
The Cobot becomes your newest team member in the welding team
Cost pressure, technology gaps and a shortage of skilled workers are putting enormous pressure on Industry 4.0, especially in recent years. With a collaborative robot in the team, you can relieve your existing employees precisely and use your resources optimally. An increase in productivity and profitability is almost inevitable through the use of the Lorch-Cobot Welding Package. Less scrap and rework, lower costs, reproducible production results in constant quality and unit output are just some of the advantages of this technology. It also makes the workplace more attractive to young, talented professionals who want to work with robotics in Industry 4.0.
Flexible and more secure
The safety concept guarantees that the operator is never within the movement radius of the robot arm during welding operation. This safety feature allows the welding cobot to be used much more flexibly than traditional industrial robots, because there is no need for space-occupying safety cages, etc.
Innovation according to desire
The package includes Lorch's innovative MIG-MAG speed processes, which always ensure optimum quality and efficiency in production. The welding process can be adapted as required, for example by using the extremely efficient TwinPuls XT program, which can be used to produce very beautiful TIG-look seams within a very short time.