How BEV Production Impacts Robotic Welding

March 17, 2021

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How BEV Production Impacts Robotic Welding
With the automotive industry playing catch-up amidst a pandemic-induced slowdown, the future looks bright. A subset of the sector, battery electric vehicles (BEVs), represent a huge growth area, with nearly all forecasters predicting big things in coming years.

With ballooning BEV demand comes accelerated demand for automated production of these vehicles. Vehicle designs will determine weld requirements, and necessitate use of a variety of robotic-welding processes. That’s the word from Fanuc America Corp., which reports heavy current battery-assembly work, and automation demand all along the vehicle and infrastructure pipeline.

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HRB ATC Series—High-Precision, Customizable Press Brakes with Automatic Tool Changer (ATC)
The HRB ATC Series is equipped with AMADA’s patented Automatic Tool Changer—making it the ideal solution for variable lot sizes, the seamless introduction of rush jobs, and complex tool layouts. The ATC will enable you to achieve even the most complex tool setups in 4 minutes or less. The HRB 1003/2204 ATC Series is manufactured at the Carolina Manufacturing Center in High Point, NC. Customizable features include: 
  • Bi-S Sensor
  • Auto slide foot pedal
  • Custom sheet followers
  • Double clamp finger backgauge
  • Operator front support system
  • Digi pro

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Bluetooth-Enabled Light Curtains Perfect for IoT Initiatives
New safety light curtains from Schmersal USA, Hawthorne, NY, now include a Bluetooth interface as a standard feature, available on the firm’s SLC440COM and multifunctional SLC440 series. The light curtains use the Bluetooth Low Energy system for near-field data transmission, which provides secure data transmission up to 5 m. Users can access the transmitted data using the Schmersal SLC Assist app, available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

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Extended-Reach Six-Axis Robot Offers 280-kg Payload
Robot-software company RoboDK has released TwinTrack, a tool that allows users to program any industrial robot quickly and simply by tracing the desired motion with a handheld probe. The tool provides an answer as robots move into the hands of less experienced users, thus requiring more-intuitive programming interfaces, according to company officials.

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Nederman’s Smart Filters Promise to Improve Dust- and Fume-Collector Performance
The implementation of new IoT-enabled MCP SmartFilters, from Nederman, will allow operators to predict the maintenance needs of their dust and fume collectors rather than respond to accidents and problems once they have occurred. Among the benefits of the technology: improved uptime and filtration-system life, the ability to collect and track data gauging filter performance, improved safety and optimized energy efficiency.

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ABB Introduces Braking-Distance Simulator to Improve Safety and Reduces Robot-Cell Footprint
ABB has upgraded its RobotStudio offline-programming and simulation software with a new virtual robot braking-distance function that creates an exact simulation of the real-world stopping distance of an industrial robot. The function avoids the need to add safety margins into cell designs, enabling floorspace savings of as much as 25 percent, say company officials.

Hypertherm Accepting Applications for Educational Grant
Hypertherm is accepting applications for its Spark Something Great educational grant program, with applications due by April 2 and grant decisions communicated by May 3. In total, Hypertherm plans to award a Powermax45 XP plasma cutting system and deliver in-person training to 12 North American schools.

Milwaukee Tool's New Banded Ear Plugs Provide All-Day Comfort, and Protection
Milwaukee Tool, Milwaukee, WI, has added to its lineup of personal protective equipment by introducing its Banded Ear Plugs, designed to provide all-day comfort with versatile wear. The adaptable design for three-point wear allows users to set the band above their head, below their chin or behind their neck.

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Portable Plasma Cutting System Provides Power Push
Thermal Dynamics, an Esab brand, has launched the Cutmaster 40 manual plasma cutting system, successor to the Cutmaster 42. The power source, weighing 22 lb., can use 115- or 230-V primary power and delivers a rated output of 40 A at 40-percent duty-cycle or better.
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