We have joined forces with high-tech machine builder AWL to launch Qube, a flexible cobot welding cell. This cell makes it easier for companies to automate the welding of small batches; to introduce new products easily; and to allow people and machines to work together safely.
The cobot welding cell resembles a robot welding cell. The latter is a robot with a welding torch between four walls, a turntable with two working sides, and an extraction unit for eliminating the welding fumes. However, there are two important differences in the cobot welding cell: the integration of the manual turntable and the welding carried out by OMRON’s collaborative robot (cobot).
Thanks to the fast and simple programming of the cobot, no robot programmer is required. Instead, a certified manual welder can teach and program the cobot. A production worker can safely continue with the production process, while the welding expert applies their knowledge to the next product. The machine is therefore highly suitable for using the same cell to weld a rapidly changing range of products.
Thomas Modderkolk, Business Developer at AWL, explains: “With the increasing scarcity of qualified welding personnel, the cobot welding cell is ideal, especially for smaller production companies. With smart system integration, AWL helps to make the production process more efficient.”
The strength of collaboration
Stephan Pruiksma, Innovation Manager at OMRON Benelux, adds: “The strength of people lies in creativity, while the power of machines lies in repetitive work. OMRON offers automation solutions, such as its cobots, that empower both people and machines."
He continues: “Combining the knowledge and skills of both our companies has resulted in a product that can meet the needs of the customer in all areas. While AWL has expertise in the field of process improvement, OMRON’s strength is at the component level. Together we can offer a powerful and unique cobot welding cell that boosts customer productivity, increases safety and makes employees more efficient.”
Read more in our article on AWL and the Qube.