Automation is broadly categorised into two types. One is semi-automatic and the second type is fully automatic. A process is known as ‘fully automatic’ when the complete range of function ranging from loading up the work pieces to controling the torch and other positions is done. A fully automated process also includes monitoring of quality and offloading the processed or finished products.
Contrary to this, in a partially automated process, only a certain part of the process works automatically. Examples include the positioning of the torch and other equipment that affect quality of the end product. The investment plan differs for both types of automation. The basic cost required to set each of the two types results in making it important for the dealers or manufacturers to take a wise decision. Furthermore, there are numerous options and advantages of getting a welding process fully automated. Therefore, it is inevitable in an industrial environment.
Improved Weld Quality
Weld quality depends mainly on two factors – weld integration and repetition. Weld integration is a programmable weld process controller that makes use of blueprint or CAD designs for reference. The weld output will remain the same as long as there is no difference between the process and the weldments. For instance, welding positioners help in the positioning of the weldments appropriately. The mechanized positioner will repeat the same process of bringing weldments to the same place in the same alignment for the right amount of exposure in the welding torch, ensuring right weld. This will improve the weld quality and finish.
There are certain fixed factors which effect the welding activity’s setup time. The setup time of an automated welding process decreases due to these constant factors. The welding velocity is directly related to the setup time. Therefore the efficiency of the machine increases resulting in higher weld speeds which ultimately increases the output.
Human error can be reduced by using automated torch movement, other parts or their alternatives. A weld is possible only and only if the base conditions are satisfied. Such a thing is a little out of hand as number of scraps go up directly with respect to human fatigue.
Though we can reduce scrap by opting for advanced welding manipulators like computerised plasma cutter.
Decreased Variable Labour Cost:
A partially automated system has the capability to give an output which is actually two times than that produced by skilled labour. On the other hand, a fully automated system is capable of delivering eight times the output of skilled labour. We cannot ignore the loss the producer must have to face if the labour doesn’t report to work on time.
The best way to deal with it all is to hire a general worker who can head the process. Moreover, the variable labour cost will decrease for the producer.
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