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Enhanced robotic capability aids training

Connect, no. 101, July/August 1999, p.8


Links between TWI and Kawasaki Heavy Industries developed further recently with the installation of another robot in the laboratories at Great Abington.

The Kawasaki JS6 arc welding cell brings the number of robotic systems at TWI to nine of which five are Kawasaki machines.

The cell has been laid out to facilitate both feasibility work and research studies. It enhances TWI's existing robotic capability in processes such as high-powered Nd:YAG laser and resistance spot welding.

This new robot is dedicated to arc welding and, more importantly, will be used to underpin and support training activities.

The first training course will be held in September. It will include modules on general robotics and specific processes. Topics will include:

  • economics of robot systems
  • design for robot welding
  • cell and shop floor design and lay-out
  • jigging
  • simulation and robot programming techniques

These courses will interest companies considering robot purchase, those operating systems but needing to expand and improve quality and anyone wishing to improve their general understanding of manufacturing robots.

For further information about robot welding and training courses, contact John Weston, Geert Verhaeghe, Gene Mathers or Geoff Melton at TWI. E-mail:

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