Why is investment in automations with welding so vital?
Demand for welding automations has been increasing rapidly with every passing day since 2001. Firms looking for solutions to problems such as scrap- which is linked to erroneous production-, welding quality, qualified welders and the increase in cost pressures, are united on the vitality of welding automation. On the other hand in order to move onto a successful automation production, firms must identify very clearly and correctly their existent production flow, their expectations from robotic automations and the amortisation period of investment.
What are the short-term benefits of welding automations?
Roughly 60-70% of the cost of a part manufactured through welding is spent on labour costs. An efficient robotic welding automation can help reduce the cost of labour to up to 2-3 workers. However, it is vital to keep in mind that a well-trained operator to use the robotic system will always be required. The well-trained operation will be tied to a specifically chosen system integrator. A specific and indicative time period must be allocated to teaching operators how to use the systems as well as teaching them the critical features belonging to the system designed and manufactured by the integrator.
The combination of the correct system and the proper operator will not only improve the quality of firms’ welding, it will also reduce the error ratio and the consumption of waste materials. On the other hand, following the appropriate welding process, parts which have been produced through welding will not require cleaning or correction, this thus greatly reduces manufacturing costs.
Am I ready to move to automation?
Firms wanting to invest in automations must, in effect, review all production phases. For instance, firms must assess and consider all the steps which cover the period before and after production, such as; whether or not they can source the raw materials required- for the robotic system to reach its expected production speed- from suppliers rapidly; whether the operator can place the parts which will be welded fast enough- keeping up with the robots speed; where finished parts will be stored and how quickly they will be removed from the area of production. In cases where the entire flow of the process and the production speed of systems with robotic automations do not work coherently and simultaneously, it is hard to deem the investment being made as logical and beneficial.
Why must I work with the appropriate integrator for the right automation system?
Investment in robotic system does not only consist of purchasing it. In order for the investment to be profitable precise calculations must be carried out. Precise calculations refers to the analysis of steps which will be taken and knowing all the steps taken within the period. These processes may be requested from the integrator firm at this phase of the investment.
Procedures integrator firms undertake in your name prior to an investment;
- Indication of possible improvements and the suitability of the parts for the robotic welding application.
- An analysis of processes before and after welding in order to foresee potential setbacks.
- Calculation of the correct production costs in case of transitioning to robotic automations.
- Calculating the systems amortization period.
- The selection of critical equipment for the system such as a welding machine.
- Designing of fixtures and determination of costs.
Following these steps, the firm can offer their most reasonable pricing.