With a portfolio of new turnkey compact welding cells, Lorch Schweisstechnik and Yaskawa make it easy for small and medium-sized companies to get started with robot-automated welding.
Simple, space-saving, efficient – designed according to this principle, the new welding cells can be put into operation in just a few minutes, require only a small footprint due to their compact design, and can also be moved easily afterwards. Despite the small dimensions, the special design of the cells allows maximum movement space for the robot and complete integration of the welding power source. The welding cells are thus also suitable as a perfect supplement to manual workstations.
The welding cells are available in the versions ArcWorld HS Micro with a footprint of 1.3 square meters and ArcWorld RS Mini with a footprint of 2.3 square meters. For larger components or customer-specific requirements, a maxi-version with ArcWorld CS is also available. The platform and housing are equipped with a blue polycarbonate glare shield and feature Yaskawa’s proven Motoman AR900 robot.
With its rotating turntable, on which components weighing up to 100 kilograms can be clamped on each side, the RS Mini compact welding cell offers a very high parts throughput. Components weighing up to 100 kilograms can also be produced in the HS Micro with its fixed table.
As welding power sources (MIG-MAG) both the S3 and the S5 RoboMIG XT with their complete speed welding processes from Lorch are available. The special feature of the joint solution from Lorch and Yaskawa is the integration of the control system in a single operating panel. The Universal Welding Interface (UWI) is used for robot programming as well as for setting and selecting welding processes. Due to the optimal coordination of the components, the operation of the welding system is significantly simplified.
As a self-contained system and due to their compactness, the welding cells can be integrated very easily into any production environment. With their glare protection and safety features, they easily meet all labor regulations. In addition, the exhaust gas suction integrated in the roof enables easy connection to suction devices. The high-performance robot, which has all the functions of a welding robot, guarantees very high welding speeds and a high seam quality and repeatability.
“With the Lorch Yaskawa ArcWorld RS Mini and HS Micro compact welding cells, we are consistently implementing the “Plug & Weld” concept and offering companies maximum safety during installation, significantly increased productivity and a highly automated welding environment in industrial robot quality,” says Daniel Lang, Product Manager for Robotics and Automation at Lorch Schweißtechnik. Companies that want to enter the field of automated welding without an extensive and costly robot project are thus provided with an attractive solution to actively deal with the current market challenges, in particular the shortage of skilled workers and competitive pressure.
The compact welding cells are a further result of the Europe-wide cooperation that Yaskawa and Lorch Schweißtechnik agreed upon last year in order to automate manufacturing processes, especially in medium-sized companies, and to adapt the existing structures to a digitally modern production.
Lorch welding technology
Lorch Schweißtechnik GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of arc welding systems for industrial applications, the demanding metal trade and for use in automation with robots and collaborative robot systems. For over 60 years Lorch equipment has been manufactured in Germany in one of the world’s most modern welding plant production facilities and exported to more than 60 countries.
With annual sales of around 3.8 billion euros, Yaskawa is a global technology supplier in the fields of robotics, drive and control technology, and solutions in the energy sector. Founded in Japan in 1915, Yaskawa has remained true to the principle of providing the highest quality products for over 100 years, earning it a world-leading position. Industrial robots of the Motoman brand are used, for example, in robot-based welding, laboratory automation, packaging and handling, and automated painting. The headquarters of Yaskawa Europe GmbH is located in Eschborn near Frankfurt.