“We originally purchased a robotic welder to reduce the cost of the high-volume welded components in an agricultural product line,” said Eric Burkholder, PBZ LLC service manager. “By using the robotic welder, we were able to reduce the cost of welding these components by approximately 75%, compared to hand welding.”
Although much of the work done at PBZ is by hand, the kinetic tool is not obsolete. A well-rounded job shop offers both manual and robotic welding.
Motoman is a key piece of equipment at the job shop when PBZ gets a request for high-quality parts or components that need to be produced in high volume, efficiently.
Motoman automates the welding process by performing the weld and handling the part. The challenge of using Motoman over a manual weld is in the initial setup. The robotic arm must be shown everywhere it needs to go and everything it needs to do.
High volume and repeat-ability are key characteristics of a successful Motoman welded part.
The PBZ sales staff help determine whether a parts manufacturing job is better served through use of the Motoman or through manual welding. When speed, exacting requirements, and consistency are desired, then a robotic welder could be the right method.
“Our sales engineers are always on the lookout for ways that we can utilize robotic welding as a stand-alone or value-added capability in our job shop manufacturing business,” Burkholder added.