Blog - 'I don’t want a robot, I just want to weld!'
You are a welder. So robots are not your everyday business and frankly, you don't even want a robot! But, you know that robot welding is a promising path. Let’s try to address some assumptions, and see whether they are fact or fiction.
Assumption 1: “With a robot, I cannot control my welding process. I’m just hoping for a good result”
WRONG: You remain 100% in control of the welding process, at all times.
A robot is very good in repeating what you tell it. Which means the weld of today is exactly the same as the weld of next week, and next year. The robot takes its welding ‘knowledge’ from a secured database, which is in the hands of the welding expert in your company. If conditions change, you easily adjust the parameters and store them. If this is not enough, welding robots can even come with a remote, for LIVE control of the welding process (see top image).
Assumption 2: “Robots are only for automotive industry”
WRONG: Today we make robots much smarter, and suitable for non-repetitive welding.
Yes, robots are very good at repetitive work to build cars. But, they have developed into flexible production machines. Smart sensors and software give the robot a sense for its environment. Smart robotics can weld continously changing products, without the need for hours of programming.
Assumption 3 & 4: “Robots are too expensive and too futuristic”
WRONG: Prices are lower that 30 years ago, and proven technology is readily available.
While robots were long perceived as ‘expensive’, we currently see a robotics boom across all industries. Robots have moved from luxury item to common goods. This means larger production volumes and better prices. Also, with nearly 30 years of robot welding experience, the technology is proven. Just make sure you are advised by an experienced supplier.
Assumption 5: “Robots will take over the world (and my job)!”
WRONG: Robots are smart, but can never adapt to unexpected situations as well as humans. Workers are always needed.
Often, robots eliminate the jobs that people don’t really want to or should do. A popular saying goes: 'Robots perform the Dull, Dirty and Dangerous jobs'. Instead of doing endless repetitive tasks, human workers can be much more productive in higher-skilled positions, adding more value. Robots are smart, but can never adapt to unexpected situations as well as humans. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that the robotics industry creates millions of jobs itself!