Welding stations are assembly line bottlenecks, and although robotic arc welding once looked like a promising solution, on the factory floor robotic arc welding also turns out to be too unpredictable and too dirty for today’s robots and their vision systems.
Laser welding and laser cutting, however, transform manufacturing entirely. Tighter seams and cuts, simpler machinery and minimal soot and spatter mean efficient machine vision and an optimum environment for robotics. Robotic laser welding (RLW) and robotic laser cutting (RLC) are now poised to increase the quality, safety, and efficiency of welding and cutting while reducing cost and time.
But unless RLW and RLC systems have the right software controlling them, such potential will never be realized. Smart robotic vision capabilities and complicated motions are required. Existing robotics control software is often just not up to the challenge.
Energid’s Actin SDK, adaptive robotic control software, enables real-time weld and cut path adaptation for RLW and RLC. Originally developed for clients like NASA, Areva, Mitsubishi, and the U.S. National Science Foundation, Actin was created to be robust and capable of performing complex operations in real time. But Actin is also intuitively programmable, with a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Powerful robotics features in Actin include adaptation to dynamic materials and workspaces, collision avoidance, sensitivity to objects’ speed and orientation, dexterous manipulation, real-time workspace simulation, and real-time accuracy optimization.
Actin includes an intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) with a 3D virtual environment, enabling an operator to:
- automatically optimize robotic motion for laser head control
- control robotic joints to avoid self- and environmental collisions
- adapt preplanned weld or cut paths to account for minuscule base part variations
- build weld and cut paths offline from CAD model features
- add safety features to temporarily interrupt the beam when a deviation is present