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Automated Programming for Robotic Welding

Chapter


Abstract


  • Robotic welding automation allows manufacturers to increase quality, flexibility and reduce costs. However, the costs involved in programming welding robots for small production runs limits viability for Small and Medium Enterprises to employ arc welding automation. This paper outlines an Automated Offline Programming framework which can be used to generate robot programs directly from Computer Aided Design models with minimal human input, allowing programming costs to be drastically reduced or even eliminated. The key stages of our approach are presented and a specific implementation for welding of complex pipe structures is shown. The results demonstrate the feasibility of our method to enable truly flexible robotic welding automation.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Larkin, N., Short, A., Pan, Z., & van Duin, S. (2018). Automated Programming for Robotic Welding. In Transactions on Intelligent Welding Manufacturing (pp. 48-59). doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5355-9_4

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85042209153

Book Title


  • Transactions on Intelligent Welding Manufacturing

Start Page


  • 48

End Page


  • 59

Abstract


  • Robotic welding automation allows manufacturers to increase quality, flexibility and reduce costs. However, the costs involved in programming welding robots for small production runs limits viability for Small and Medium Enterprises to employ arc welding automation. This paper outlines an Automated Offline Programming framework which can be used to generate robot programs directly from Computer Aided Design models with minimal human input, allowing programming costs to be drastically reduced or even eliminated. The key stages of our approach are presented and a specific implementation for welding of complex pipe structures is shown. The results demonstrate the feasibility of our method to enable truly flexible robotic welding automation.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Larkin, N., Short, A., Pan, Z., & van Duin, S. (2018). Automated Programming for Robotic Welding. In Transactions on Intelligent Welding Manufacturing (pp. 48-59). doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5355-9_4

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85042209153

Book Title


  • Transactions on Intelligent Welding Manufacturing

Start Page


  • 48

End Page


  • 59