Modern manufacturing requires modern solutions. We are used with robots on the factories. Moreover, robots are becoming more up to date and efficient, so the manufacturing becomes more complex and technological. However the main goal for final product is the energetic efficiency, materials are lightweight and resistant, compare senior cars and modern cars. Look how different they are. Compare any car in every segment and you will see that new generation cars are lighter, consuming less resources both in manufacturing and driving. Now, we came to the key point, well if new materials are used in production, the traditional approach is not quite suitable for assembling, and welding the materials as well. I would like to introduce new word, new trend, new view on the welding. OF course this all-robotic technology, but if you are working with newest materials – this robot is definitely your choice.
Friction stir welding (FSW) is a solid-state process by which high quality and high-strength welds in potentially difficult-to-weld alloys are possible. This cutting-edge technology is becoming an increasingly popular choice for manufacturing lightweight transportation structures such as automotive, aerospace, light rail and marine applications. Friction Stir Welding was developed in the early 1990’s by TWI (The Welding Institute) in the UK and is considered a green process with no fumes or arc light emitted nor shielding gas or welding wire consumed.
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How To Weld Without Flames – Friction Stir Welding Automation!
CRIQ – Innovation Partner form Quebec, develop a new robot that uses this new technology. This robot is called FANUC M-900i. FSW technology requires huge amount of down force to plunge on start and maintain tool orientation. FANUC robot is best solution for precise welding task: it`s automatic, servo-controlled speed, accurate and heavy payload guarantees optimal down force for performing high accuracy and high quality welding works. The principle of running is quite simple. FSW provides rotation under pressure, which increases friction – as a result, welding zone is formed.
For better perception of the process, just watch the video and enjoy!