Robot welding is the use of mechanized programmable tools (robots), which completely automate a welding process by both performing the weld and handling the part. Processes such as gas metal arc welding, while often automated, are not necessarily equivalent to robot welding, since a human operator sometimes prepares the materials to be welded. Robot welding is commonly used for resistance spot welding and arc welding in high production applications, such as the automotive industry.
Industrial welding robots are used for automating the welding processes, and the welding robots can produce high-quality welds consistently at high speeds. The demand for industrial welding robots is primarily driven by the growing focus towards automation, and improving productivity. APAC is expected to grow at a high CAGR owing to the growing manufacturing and automobile sector.
1980s that robotic welding started to gain in popularity, mostly in the automotive manufacturing industry. Other automotive companies saw the benefits GM reaped from welding automation and began implementing robotic spot welding procedures in their own factories.
Robot arc welding has begun growing quickly just recently, and already it commands about 20% of industrial robot applications. The major components of arc welding robots are the manipulator or the mechanical unit and the controller, which acts as the robot’s “brain”. The manipulator is what makes the robot move, and the design of these systems can be categorized into several common types, such as SCARA and cartesian coordinate robot, which use different coordinate systems to direct the arms of the machine.
The industrial welding robots market in APAC is fragmented with the presence of several local, regional, and small vendors along with major players. As price is an important buying criterion, inclination for low-cost arc welding robots with similar features and regulatory compliance is high. These factors negatively impact vendors in Europe and the Americas. Pricing pressure and the year-on-year falling price of industrial robots have shifted vendors manufacturing base to Asia.
Leading company of Industrial Robotic Welding Industry
- ABB Ltd
- Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH
- Danbach Robot Jiangxi Inc.
- IGM Robotersysteme AG
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
- Kuka AG
- Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp.
- Panasonic Corporation
- Yaskawa Electric PTE Ltd