The performance capability of robot welding cells has been studied for applications in which the operational risks are high. One study examined several approaches for resistance spot welding a complex curved component. It was shown that the robot could manipulate the component within the jaws of a pedestal type welding machine encompassing both the process and handling tasks. The study defined robot reach and specified the relative locations of component stores, the robot and the welding machine.
In another study the ability of a robot wrist and TIG welding head to access the joint line within a highly curved engine component was studied. This work gave the company confidence that the project was technically feasible and underpinned the financial evaluation. The software used for these studies was the Delmia UltraArc.
Using the Delmia Quest tool, whole production facilities have been modelled. It is possible to walk through these models so that they can be seen from inside. By entering product and machine performance information, production rates can be optimised and bottlenecks avoided and capital equipment requirements and staffing levels can be determined. Such facilities studies have been carried out for sub-component and main element in which manufacture where a wide variety of production processes are required.
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