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Yaskawa, Lorch Welding Team on Turnkey Robot Welding Cell


February 7, 2022

Germany’s Lorch Welding (Schweißtechnik) and Yaskawa have announced a portfolio of new, turnkey compact welding cells to enable small and midsize companies to experience robot-automated welding to produce small assemblies. The welding processes are controlled through a consistent operating interface to make production easier.

The space-saving and efficient welding cells can be set up in minutes, the companies said. It includes a compact small footprint that also makes it easy to relocate. The special cell construction maximizes the freedom of movement for the robot, and permit complete integration of the welding power source  despite the small size. 

The new cells are available as the ArcWorld HS Micro (footprint of 1.3 square meters), and the ArcWorld RS Mini (footprint of 2.3 square meters). A maxi version with the ArcWorld CS is also available for larger parts or customer-specific requirements. The platform and housings are equipped with a blue polycarbonate glare protection, and use Yaskawa’s MOTOMAN AR900 robot. A rotating turntable permits setting up parts of up to 100 kg on either side, which can also be produced in the HS Micro with an attached table.

The S3 and S3-RoboMIG XT with complete Lorch Speed welding processes are available as welding power sources (MIG-MAG), the company said. tThe combined solution also integrates the control into a single operating panel. A universal welding interface (UWI) is used to program robots, and to set and select the welding processes. An optimal adjustment of the components makes operating the welding system easier. An exhaust stack integrated in the roof also simplifies connection to extraction devices.

“We consistently implement the ‘plug and weld’ concept with the Lorch Yaskawa compact ArcWorld RS Mini and HS Micro welding cells while offering companies greatest safety in installation, clearly increased productivity, and highly automated welding environments in industrial robot quality,” says Daniel Lang, product manager for robotics and automation at Lorch Welding. 

The compact welding cells are another result of an agreement between Yaskawa and Lorch that was made last year in order to automate production processes in the medium-size range, and to adjust existing structures to a digital modernized production.

For more details on the system, visit the Lorch website here.

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