Just Weld it!

Just Weld it! Can be seen in large lettering across the wall as you enter the Robot and Welding area at the Panasonic Customer Experience Centre in Munich, Germany. And it’s a message the global industry is taking to heart with the welding market predicted to be worth more than €28 billion by 2028 – a compound annual growth rate of 4.6% driven by demand for advanced technology welding services, according to Fortune Business Insights.

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Doris Siebmanns-Uçal

Content Marketing Specialist and CXC Tour Guide

Just Weld It!

Just Weld it! Can be seen in large lettering across the wall as you enter the Robot and Welding area at the Panasonic Customer Experience Centre in Munich, Germany. And it’s a message the global industry is taking to heart with the welding market predicted to be worth more than €28 billion by 2028 – a compound annual growth rate of 4.6% driven by demand for advanced technology welding services, according to Fortune Business Insights.

With demand for precision welding in areas such as the manufacturing, construction and automotive industry on the rise and a shortage of skilled human labour, the robot and welding systems at the Panasonic Customer Experience Centre are in high demand.

Here visitors can get close-up to and even test the range of systems from Panasonic Factory Solutions. One of the great advantages of the Panasonic approach is that it provides complete system solutions all from one manufacturer – from the controller, robot and integrated welding power source, spare parts and welder. This total approach means peace of mind for the customer – no-one blaming another part supplier when something goes wrong – and ensures fast and effective installation, training and maintenance.

A laser first

The first system you see as you enter is the latest laser welding solution, the LAPRISS (Laser Processing Robot Integrated System Solution). Traditionally metal parts, such as auto body panels, were welded by resistance welding, using electrical resistance or arc welding, using the discharge phenomena in the air. But with LAPRISS, Panasonic has created a more accurate welding solution. LAPRISS combines the various elements necessary for laser processing, such as robotic technology, the welding head and resonator, equipped with a state-of-the-art wavelength beam combining technology, to create the world’s first remote laser welding robot system armed with a 4kW Direct Diode Laser.

LAPRISS delivers defect free, flexible welding by using a proprietary spiral and spin laser motion. It also enables precise welding with less distortion, so there is no longer a need for a welding margin. This helps to make welding objects lighter and gives greater freedom in design. In addition, because it realises high power density with low heat input welding, you can weld at shorter spot intervals, which improves the toughness of the weld section.

The mobility of the robot means that it can easily avoid any obstacles and focus the Direct Diode Laser in the correct position, however difficult the shape. By calculating and combining the movements of the handling arm and head arm so that they move as one, along a single trajectory and at a single speed, it can maintain a posture better suited to welding than when using a positioner – even when welding complicated shapes.

Also on display are examples of Panasonic’s TAWERS Arc Welding Robot System, a robot and controller combined with welding power source and servo wire feeder in one unit for all kinds of weld processes. Optimum welding processes are achieved by utilising an integrated inverter power source within the robot controller, meaning complete synergy within the common control system. This ensures that the established benefits and advantages of the existing TAWERS Fusion Technology are also now available for use for the range of MIG, MAG and DC TIG welding process.

For those interested in automotive manufacturing, we also showcase the TS-950 Automotive welding cell. The compact design can achieve the best welding results with the TAWERS technology, which are splatter free, fast and effective with low tech-times.

Small but perfectly formed

And lastly, visitors can see the Panasonic Automation welding cell, called PA-c-TT Connect, a reliable,

inexpensive and compact solution for industrial welding. The Connect welding cell is delivered as a complete solution tailored exactly to needs and requires no prolonged commissioning. Very little programming know-how is necessary to “teach” the robot – the software guides the operator in simple steps to achieving the optimum welding result. The PA-c-TT Connect welding cell is ideal from small batches right up to medium-sized production runs.

So, if you want to see the latest robot and welding solutions in action, why not book a visit to the Panasonic Customer Experience Centre. We would love to show you just what our solutions are capable of.

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