Metal Inert Gas Welding is typically referred to as MIG Welding. It can also be known as GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding). This uses a continuously feeding metal wire electrode into the weld. Since the electrode becomes filler material, the welding process doesn’t have to melt the materials being used to complete a weld. MIG welding is a popular welding method. It can easily be integrated into an automated robotic process.
Automated MIG welding systems are capable of all position configurations, what adds needed flexibility to the welding process, resulting in higher quality welds and increased efficiencies. Choosing the proper robotic welding system depends on your project specifications. MIG welding is typically better for heavy duty welding, and with thicker pieces. MIG welding workcells can utilize a consumable filler material to make welds. This can achieve welds of thicker metal objects in less time.
Many manufacturers see advantages to robotic MIG welding including:
The automotive industry first embraced automated welding systems. Automotive factories contain many different types of automated robotic systems. Aerospace is another industry benefiting from automated MIG welding systems. Other industries using MIG welding workcells include: the airline industry, marine manufacturing and the medicine.
Consistent Welds - Automated MIG welding systems perform the same weld, in the same way, each and every time. Six axis robots can have metrics in the sub-millimeter ranges.
Higher Throughput – Robotic welding systems have higher welding speeds. They are faster than manual welders and can keep up a quicker pace day after day.
Cost Reductions – The price of automated robotic systems is primarily in the initial cost of acquisition. The increased productivity of an automated spot welding system will exceed the initial investment over time. This can result in cost reductions and higher profits. The lower cost of robot maintenance can reduce business overhead.
Labor Reliability - With the pool of skilled workers dwindling, automated robotic welding systems are a viable and cost effective alternative for most businesses. Automated welding systems are robust and consistent. They can remain in service for over a decade or more with regular preventative maintenance.
Gable Manufacturing can deliver higher efficiencies, energy savings, and reduced costs through our MIG welding workcells.