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Ideal for Steel - Fronius Develops New TransSteel Robotic System


Developers of the new TransSteel Robotics system have focussed entirely on robotic steel welding. Users are impressed by the results and the obvious benefits: robust, reliable, efficient, perfect weld properties for steel, time-saving functions with optional gas or water cooling. The future-proof systems are compatible with robots produced by leading manufacturers.
The innovative Steel Transfer Technology and the fully digital TransSteel inverter power source form the basis of a new robotic welding system. TransSteel Robotics is available in the 350 A and 500 A categories. They reach these values at 40% D.C.(duty cycle) or 250/360 A at 100% D.C. In addition to the advantages of the power source for manual use, TransSteel Robotics offers users a range of additional features and innovations. For example, the Fronius System Connector (FSC) transfers all the required media for the welding process. The precise current transfer of the FSC ensures maximum process stability. 

Developers have made the system even more user-friendly with the new "two-in-one" robot interface: the user can now connect the robot interface easily to the power source or the wall of the welding cell, for example. Versions that stop and start the arc via an automated interface and transmit analogue or digital signals from different bus networks (DeviceNet, CanOpen and Interbus) are available for welders. At the touch of a button, the Easy Job function conveniently saves up to five parameter data records.
Media routing from the power source to the wire-feed unit and the torch is yet another innovation. It is more or less identical both for conventional system components and process arm peripherals (PAP) or hollow-arm welding robots. The much smaller, compact wire-feed unit drastically reduces the interference profile. In conjunction with the FSC, the ComfortWire function makes it possible to thread the wires automatically when the wire feed rollers are closed. 

The wire-feed unit can be placed in its mounting rail when changing the liner. This saves a considerable amount of time and really makes a difference in automated manufacturing processes. The easy-to-fit cooling water pipe in the torch hosepack is also unique and requires no external hoses on the torch. The required snap-fit connector is located between the torch and the interconnecting hosepack. The Magnet Crashbox has some innovations as well. Instead of the springs used in conventional crashboxes, two magnets built in the half shells greatly reduce the interference profile.
With the latest applications for its users, TransSteel Robotics provides the ideal conditions for perfect steel welding.
Fronius USA is a subsidiary of Fronius International, an Austrian company with headquarters in Pettenbach, other sites in Wels, Thalheim and Sattledt, and production facilities in the Czech Republic and Ukraine. Fronius is active in the fields of battery charging systems, welding technology and solar electronics. Its outstanding products and services have made Fronius a technology leader on the world stage. The company has more than 2,500 employees worldwide. Ninety per cent of Fronius products are exported through its twelve sales subsidiaries, two agencies (Turkey/welding technology and China/solar electronics) and 130 sales partners around the world. Fronius invests 6.8 per cent of its total turnover of 370 million euros (financial year 2008) in research and development. Fronius owns 585 active patents.

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