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Welding Cobot Increases Productivity

Acieta has introduced the FastARC CW cobot. According to the company, job shops and manufacturers can increase output by assigning the challenging and complex jobs to skilled welders and using a FastARC CW cobot on the simpler welding tasks.

"Typical FastARC cobot users see ROI in as little as six months (based on two shifts) because they are making more product at a much lower cost per part," said Steve Alexander, Vice President of WI Operations at Acieta. "The FastARC CW is a pre-engineered standard product that helps keep costs low and helps the user stay more competitive. Plus, it is in stock and ready for quick delivery."

The FastARC CW includes a FANUC CRX-10iA/L 6-axis robot mounted on a mobile platform to move quickly between production areas. The system is compatible with Fronius, Lincoln Electric and Miller welding units.

Intuitive software and a touchscreen interface make the FastARC CW simple to set up and operate so it can be managed by a less skilled worker. One person can operate several FastARC cobots simultaneously for maximum productivity.

"With a FastARC on the shop floor, experienced welders have higher job satisfaction, doing more stimulating work that utilizes their skills," said a company spokesperson. "Employers with higher production and lower costs may be able to offer more competitive salaries to retain their skilled welders."

People can work safely side-by-side loading and unloading parts while the cobot welds so the system runs continually. If the low-speed arm bumps into a person or object, the cobot stops immediately. No safety fencing is needed, which saves on costs and floor space.

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