The gradual growth of technology has led to the inventions of some very efficient welding automation equipment throughout the years.
All these new devices have made the job of welders much easier. Their work has become more productive. It has also helped them gain higher accuracy and quality results.
Before discussing all the automation equipment of welding, I would like to remind my fellow welders how significant it is to use the right welding helmet before you pick up your devices to weld.
You can always go with the best option for helmets, which are the variable shade lens helmets. This type of helmet has a variety of types. So if you are looking for budget welding helmets, you can go with the AAA battery-powered auto-darkening welding helmets which are the best in the business in the cheaper priced section.
Now coming back to the welding automation equipment, let’s talk about some of the devices that are being used widely by professionals. The MIG Gun Latch has made the most primary kind of welding tasks easier.
This latch that is attached to the MIG welding gun provides the welders with a single-trigger feature so they don’t have to keep on pulling the trigger the whole time while welding. This enhances the quality of work as the operator can then focus more on his/her accuracy and technique rather than having to worry about constantly pulling the trigger.
We also have the Track Driven Buggies and Seamers that has brought longitudinal seam welding to the next level. Before these were used, welders had to do everything manually starting from holding the workpieces together in place to weld them with a handheld welding torch.
This caused welding to be less accurate, less productive and efficient while being time-consuming and expensive. Whereas track driven buggies and seamers weld efficiently with proper alignment while keeping all the workpieces in place. This also helps the welder to avoid unnecessary fatigue.
Then there are the Robotic Arms and these areas advanced as it gets when it comes to welding automation. For higher production in lesser time, these are being used widely in large manufacturing facilities all over the world.
Robotic arms are of three types; machine vision guidance, pre-programmed and the other one with a combination between the first two. These are pretty expensive but having said that, considering the level of efficiency and quality, these are worth their cost.
Another reason for fatigue and body pain that the welders face is their positioning while welding manually. Here comes the use of Rotators, Rollers and Turntables. The function of these three is to slowly rotate the workpieces by 360 degrees.
As a result, the welder can just stand in one position and work on the whole surface of the thing he is welding. This also decreases interruption in welding which results in higher productivity.
You can’t ignore automation if you are a professional welder.
No matter how good of a manual welder you are, you will always need some sort of automated welding equipment to produce results of quality. This equipment also reduces occupational health hazards and accidents. Nevertheless, your skills and your hours of practice matter the most when it comes to how well you can weld.
You might not need to spend thousands of dollars on robotic arms but you can use the simpler forms of automated devices to enhance the quality, efficiency and productivity of your welding tasks. Last but not least, always remember to wear your welding helmet.