Robotiq, in partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, have released their Kinetiq Teaching welding technology which quickly and easily tasks welding robots without requiring in-depth programming knowledge, thereby allowing the user to guide the robot by hand to desired welding positions.
The new technology incorporated by Kinetiq Teaching enables job shops to easily implement robotic welding with simplified teaching and reduced set-up times drastically.
An icon-based menu is presented on the teach pendant’s color touch screen to allow the operator to define the task. Programming time is greatly reduced with the more intuitive manual positioning. The Graphic User Interface allows robot programming to be performed with minimal training.
The Kinetiq Teaching system will be introduced on an ArcWorld robotic welding workcell at the FABTECH exhibition in Chicago during November 18-21, in Yaskawa Motoman’s booth (N818) and Robotiq’s booth (N1871). The single station AWC-50 workcell with Kinetiq Teaching is a complete, economical solution that job shops can quickly install and start producing parts.
With Kinetiq Teaching, the welder moves the robotic welding tip next to a workpiece by physically hand-guiding the robot. Once the welding point is reached, the welder determines the welding parameters through a touch screen interface.
After all the points are recorded, the welder can playback the programmed trajectory and modify it on-the-fly. By doing so, experienced welders will be able to set welding jobs and oversee the productivity of more than one robotic welder at a time, or train less skilled operators to program the welding robot and act as a technical adviser and a quality assurance resource.
Robotiq designs and manufactures flexible robot grippers. The manufacturer aids in industrial manufacturing – from large businesses to SMEs – by providing flexible peripheral solutions to optimize automated processes for universal, agile and rugged robotic tools. Yaskawa Motoman on the other hand, produces robotic automation for industry and robotic applications, including arc welding, assembly, clean room, coating, dispensing, material cutting (laser, plasma, waterjet), materials handling, materials removal, and spot welding.