Pondering between fully or semi-automatic welding systems?
Fully automated robotic welding strives to completely remove the need for skilled labor to produce welds. Everything is done by the machine itself from setup to production—all the way down to the cleaning of the welding torch. While the initial equipment investment tends to be higher, there are many advantages to fully automatic welding over manual welding:
- Produces more consistent welds
- Ideal for large volume production
- Higher quality welds
- Improves worker safety
- Reduces production cost
A popular alternative to fully automatic welding is semi-automatic welding systems. These machines generally require an operator to load and unload product. Depending on the job, semi-automatic systems can be as efficient and many times easier to operate than a robotic system.
Bancroft offers a wide variety of equipment for both fully-automatic and semi-automatic welding. Both types of equipment offer processes that are much quicker and more effective than manual welding. It also produces better, more consistent welds than welding by hand. There is an even greater benefit if larger welds are involved, multiple passes are needed, or higher part quantities are being produced. Automated equipment is also ideal for industries where weld strength plays an important factor, as the welds are of higher quality.
Bancroft is always ready to start a completely custom machine design and also has a variety of standard semi-automatic welding equipment in stock including welding positioners, Welda-rounds, and weld-lathes.
Bancroft Engineering offers both semi-automated machines and fully-automated systems to help with all your welding needs. From our Welda-Rounds and Weld-Lathes to vision-guided robotic systems, we have the equipment to improve your process. When you automate your welding process, it can improve quality, productivity, lower your labor costs, and increase the reliability and consistency of your operation.
How repeatable are the welds you are making?
If your weld process is repeatable, a semi-automated system would be perfect for you. It produces at least 2 times the output as a skilled welder, which can drastically reduce labor costs. Making the switch can eliminate mistakes and there are also tremendous savings in scrap material.
What is the value of the product before the weld?
If the value of the product is very high before the weld is made, considering either a semi or fully automated system could prevent costly mistakes. Both systems eliminate mistakes caused by human error. They produce the highest quality weld every single time and offer much faster speeds.
What is your budget?
Prices for both semi and fully automated systems have dropped significantly in recent years. Robotic systems now have a lower initial investment, increase productivity and can produce an ROI in less than a year. Set up times are minimal, and mistakes are non-existent.
Are you better than the competition?
As technology advances, so do our competitors. Are they using automated systems? If you want to beat out your competition, you can easily become more productive and profitable by having the best equipment in the industry.
Contact the knowledgeable sales team at Bancroft Engineering to see how our products can benefit you!
Robotics and technology have made extensive advancements in the past decade. The recent push has been to improve their software and make them even “smarter”.
Robots are designed to perform very specific repetitive tasks. But, no matter how smart they get, they will never compare to the creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving skills of a welder. Robots will always be tools for our welders to use, not replacements!
Robots cannot come up with new innovative ideas, perform a large variety of detailed tasks, or solve an issue when something goes wrong. They have many advantages, but these disadvantages keep our welders relevant and in high demand.
Challenges come in when companies refuse to move and change with technology. Human welders need to be comfortable with the addition of automation and not fearful of it taking their jobs. Old fashioned manual welding techniques and outdated equipment can make life a hassle. Here at Bancroft Engineering, we have modern techniques, top of the line equipment, and some of the highest skilled employees in their fields, ensuring your job exceeds expectations.
Keeping an opened mind with new advancements in technology ensures the success of our company. Purchasing our top of the line products ensures the success of yours!
Your welding equipment’s performance decreases and starts to deteriorate from many years of operation, breakdowns, lack of operation, and just simply being outdated. Any of the following can take a toll on the equipment making it inoperable and a risk to productivity. A solution to this is to, retrofit your current machine with updated controls or to completely rebuild the older machine. Bancroft Engineering offers these services on all of your arc welding systems and on all other OEM’s, whether that is on-site or at our manufacturing location.
Bancroft’s Engineering Service Team provides onsite services that consist of: evaluations of the equipment, troubleshooting, repairs, and developing procedures. We also specialize in on-site or in-house retrofits, as well as in-house rebuilds of your machines. These techniques help your company stay productive and upgrade your arc welding equipment to prevent losing any further productivity.
Some benefits to having your machines upgraded and retrofitted are:
- Improves machine productivity
- Improves equipment reliability
- Reduces future maintenance costs
- Modernizes and extends the life of the equipment
Our team is dedicated to helping your company stay productive and bring your equipment up to speed. If the retrofit takes longer than expected, our team can ship your machine to our manufacturing location where we have access to our extensive inventory. If retrofitting is not what you need, but instead decide to have it rebuilt, Bancroft’s Engineering Service Team will build it at our location, ship it to you, and install the machine.
Welding is a fundamental part of almost every manufacturing industry and metal product production today. The process of welding dates back to the 19th century, where manual welding was first introduced. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the first robot was used in a spot welding application for the automotive industry. And later, in the 1980’s where robotic welding started to gain popularity in many manufacturing facilities around the world.
Today, the benefits of welding automation have become more widely recognized. Even more advancements in robotic welding technology are being used that are allowing manufacturers in every industry to increase production, cut costs, increase worker safety, conserve material, and much more.
Manual welding has become a process of the past! Automation has taken over and here’s why:
Programming Ease: Robotic welding systems have simple interactive interfaces on a teach pendant making programming a breeze for anyone willing to learn.
Multiple Tasks: Robots can easily be programmed to weld a variety of different parts. It’s even possible that a robotic cell can move from one part to another very quickly.
Operator Ease: Learning the manual welding trade takes years of practice and training. On top of that, it’s a dangerous and taxing job. Automation systems remove the hazards of the process. Robotic welding operators only have to load parts and press the correct button to run the job.
Increase ROI: The cost of a robotic welding system has dropped greatly over the last 10 years. Not only has cost gone down, but also system accuracy, speed, and software technology have been improved, making a robotic system purchase a fast return on investment.
Any Part Size: Whether your parts are large, small, or have complex geometries, robots have the ability to weld with accuracy.
Increase Production: Unlike people, robots don’t require breaks. Robotic welding systems can run without interruption, therefore, increasing your productivity and throughput.
Fewer Mistakes: Even the most experienced welder makes mistakes. Robotic systems are highly accurate, meaning there will be less wasted time and material.
Bancroft Engineering has extensive experience in metal fabrication and can customize a robotic welding system to fit your requirements.
Our team of engineers works with you every step of the way to provide a fully or semi-automated solution. Our industrial welding experience provides us with the ability to engineer the best possible solution for almost any welding application.