Robotic Welding Automation Increases Productivity by Up to 500%
by Rich Shive
Panasonic Factory Solutions Company
Pressed Metal Corporation (Waukesha, Wisconsin), sought to expand their job shop's welding capacity by adding robotic welding automation.
The Panasonic PerformArc 100 robotic welding cell, arrived at Pressed Metal pre-assembled, pre-wired, and fully integrated. It took only 30 minutes, with the help of only a forklift, to set the cell in place. The system was up and running within half a day.
Additional features of the PerformArc 100 are an artificial intelligence inverter welding power supply, a 10.5-lb-capacity robot, and a 60-in.dia. turntable.
- Learning to program the cell proved to be easy, taking only 2 days for a novice operator.
- The controller tracks actual on-time hours of the robot, providing accurate measurements of operating efficiency for each job.
- Productivity was measured to have increased up to 500 percent when compared to manual welding and ROI was calculated at less than two years.