MTI’s aim is to provide the next generation of smart autonomous integrated welding systems based upon our world-class process knowledge. With a focus on providing customised, low-risk configurations that deliver enhanced quality, productivity and ROI, MTI can design and build a range of bespoke semi or fully automated welding machines that are tailored for requirements. Alternatively, clients can take advantage of MTI’s Subcontract Manufacturing Services for access to a full range of the latest welding machines with the flexibility to produce both small and large batch sizes.
Advantages & Benefits
Improved weld quality
Automated welding machines ensure weld integrity through electronic weld process controllers. Combining mechanised torch and part motions with electronic recall of welding parameters results in a higher quality weld than can be accomplished manually.
Automation doesn’t tire during the day, doesn’t lose concentration and doesn’t make mistakes and it also reduces damage or breakages due to incorrect handling.
Instantaneous quality control
As a weld is made only once with an automated machine, defects are readily visible and detectable. Humans tend to "smooth over" a mistake with the torch, hiding lack of penetration or a possibly flawed weld. In some cases, leak testing and vision systems can be integrated into fully automated systems to provide additional quality control.
A fully automatic system can be built with twin welding positioners on an automated shuttle. Such a system can load and unload parts at one station while welding occurs at the other. In this way, a fully automatic system can run at four times the pace of a semi-automatic system, or eight times the pace of a skilled welder. Repeatability is also a function of the quality of the weld process controller and of the engineering of the machine motions. Essentially, mechanised welding provides repeatable input parameters for more repeatable output.
Using automation in hazardous areas and for dangerous operations, not only reduces the risk of accidents but can also improve performance. Automated welding machines can undertake highly repetitive tasks, leaving the more skilled activities to humans. Not only will this improve employee job satisfaction, it will free employees to work on other tasks which make better use of their capabilities, resulting in a better return against costs for the business.
Operating in harsher conditions than humans reduces the need to condition environments to the same degree. Space requirements can be minimalised, providing more compact facilities or producing more output from existing resources. Reductions in waste and rework also reduces the energy used in the automated welding process.
Minimal set-up, higher speeds
Semi-automatic and fully automatic systems increase output by eliminating the human factor from the welding process. Production weld speeds are set at a percentage of maximum by the machine, not by an operator. With minimal set-up time and higher weld speeds, a mechanised welding system can easily outpace a skilled manual welder.