What is resistance welding? An easy guide

April 3, 2024
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Can resistance welding be automated?

Absolutely! Resistance welding is ideal for automation and is used extensively in manufacturing. 

Why? Due to the controlled and repetitive nature of resistance welding processes, which means that robots and automated equipment can easily be programmed to perform the necessary steps.

How? Automated resistance welding systems use articulated robotic arms equipped with welding electrodes to handle and maneuver workpieces through the welding process. 

The robot is programmed to clamp workpieces together under the proper pressure and for the correct amount of time while electric current flows to form a strong bond.

Automating resistance welding offers many benefits:

  • Speed and productivity go through the roof. Robotic welders can work continuously without breaks, completing hundreds of welds per hour. This significantly boosts manufacturing throughput.
  • Superhuman consistency and quality. Robots always perform the exact same programmed motions and apply consistent pressure during each weld. The net result is higher quality, uniform welds.
  • Costs go down. Although automated welding systems have high upfront costs, they can save money in the long run through increased productivity, less wasted materials, and reduced labor costs.
  • Your working environment gets safer. Automated welding removes humans from hazardous welding areas, reducing the risk of injury from high voltages, fumes, and heavy equipment — and yes, also burning someone or bumping an employee on the noggin.
  • They can keep going and going and going. Automated welding systems can run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without stopping (except for scheduled maintenance breaks). This allows for maximum utilization of equipment and resources.
  • Fast return of ROI. This is not common knowledge, but automation typically offers a blazing ROI of just 1-3 years. 

Summing up

The takeaway? Resistance welding is a versatile, efficient, and easily automated process that joins metals using electricity and pressure. 

With so many types to choose from, resistance welding offers solutions for all kinds of manufacturing and fabrication needs, from big to small.

It’s up to you to see whether you want to get in on the automation action. Assess your needs and workflow, budget accordingly, and start reaping the added benefits of resistance welding and robotic automation!

Next steps

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  • Automation without breaking the bank: RO1 offers advanced features typically found in far more expensive systems, making it a budget-conscious choice that doesn’t sacrifice any quality.
  • Performance that redefines expectations: Experience a new level of productivity with RO1's impressive 18 kg payload capacity, exceptional precision, and unparalleled speed.
  • Safety-centric engineering: Collaboration is key! From advanced sensors to integrated safety protocols, RO1 prioritizes a secure working environment where robots and humans thrive side-by-side.
  • Intelligence that grows with you: RO1's cutting-edge AI (comparable to GPT-4) allows it to constantly learn and refine its processes, adapting to your specific needs and maximizing long-term efficiency gains.

Our dedicated team is committed to supporting a smooth transition as you incorporate RO1's transformative capabilities into your workflow. Discover its potential firsthand with our 30-day risk-free trial!

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