Lincoln Electric Introduces the New Robotic Welding Education Cell
Lincoln Electric, Automation Division Posted 02/23/2009
Robotic welding continues to grow in popularity due in large part to the critical shortage of skilled labor, combined with industry’s need to remain cost competitive with lower labor costs and improved productivity. Responding to this trend, Lincoln Electric and FANUC Robotics have partnered to offer the new Robotic Education Cell, an instructional cell that can be moved from classroom to classroom for training the next generation of welders on robotic programming and welding.
For instructors and students alike, the new cell provides access to the best curriculum, materials and technology needed to develop the skills demanded by today’s advanced manufacturing environment.
“The future of the welding industry lies in motivating students to learn the trade and the newest technologies,” said Geoff Lipnevicius, engineering manager, Lincoln Electric Automation Division. “This new Robotic Welding Education Cell is a wonderful training tool for schools with automation being one of the fastest growing career fields for today’s graduates.” The training materials included with the new Robotic Education Cell have been written to supplement any curriculum with a basis in math and sciences.
All vocational technology careers today utilize automation. This instructional cell provides any school with a CAD curriculum the ability to simulate a part in a 3D environment and then test their program in the lab. “Lincoln designed the Robotic Education Cell to provide students and educations with a universal system that can be used and applied by many departments within the school,” said Lipnevicius.
The Robotic Education Cell is designed for educational institutions, training departments, schools and other facilities to teach robotic programming related to gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The program gives students a foundation both in robotic welding basics and more sophisticated technologies, preparing them to succeed in industries ranging from building and construction, to shipbuilding, manufacturing and oil field services.
The cell further supplements the students’ coursework in any math or science-based curriculum, including CAD, electronics, machining and information technology.
The Robotic Education Cell – which measures 81” tall x 27” wide x 65” long (including options) – offers teaching institutions with a number of benefits:
- It is designed to fit through a standard doorway. The cell is small, lightweight and on casters. It can be moved easily from classroom to classroom and positioned for optimal demonstration purposes.
- The cell is ready to go out of the box. Packages include integrated gas bottle rack/storage, fume extraction mounting, integrated safety measures and numerous software options from FANUC Robotics to maximize the capability and functionality of the system.
- The cell offers a single power drop for the complete cell – simplifying connection of the FANUC ARC Mate 50iC/5L and Power Wave®.
The Robotic Education Cell features the:
- Lincoln Electric Power Wave® 355M welding power source and AutoDrive™ 4R90 wire feeder welding package.
- FANUC ARC Mate 50iC/5L – complete robotic hardware and software solution.
Visit www.lincolnelectric.com to learn more about the Educational Cell from Lincoln Electric Automation.
The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.
FANUC Robotics, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling, material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products and complete support services.