Programming complete assemblies such as chassis frames is virtually impossible without software tools. Valk Welding, with more than 1,500 licenses of the Desk Top Simulation and Programming software DTPS, plays a trendsetting role in this.
For well-known trailer manufacturers, including Wielton, Faymonville, Kögel, Van Hool, Stas, Fruehauf, BMI, Knapen, System Trailers and many more, this software has enabled the deployment of welding robots within the high mix/low volume environment.
In fact, according to Daniel Kemp, Manufacturing Manager at Van Hool, offline programming is one of the most important items in the automation process. "We are among the early adopters in the field of offline programming. Together with Valk Welding, we have witnessed the evolution in this field over the past 25 years up to automation of the programming process. The most recent step is Automatic Robot Programming with AI (in partnership with Oqton). By taking automation technology to the next level, in partnership with Valk Welding, we are able to produce high-quality custom products in a wide variety."
To meet the high strength and quality requirements, the use of the right welding process is crucial. For Faymonville, which specializes in building trailers for heavy transport, higher weld quality is of primary importance. To that end, the company uses the digitized welding processes that are standard in the Panasonic WGH robots. "Of these, we use the "deep penetration" welding process. This guarantees a very deep penetration that also allows the welding seam preparation to be adjusted so that welding costs can also be reduced. For the heavy construction we apply multilayer welding. Programming in the classic way would take an enormous amount of time. Panasonic offers "Thick Plate Software Solutions" especially for this purpose. With this software, we program a new product every day. Thanks to the total package of hardware and software from Valk Welding, we have been able to make a considerable improvement in the efficiency of welding small batches. We know how to keep the production in the various branches within Europe competitive and we have been able to further strengthen our position in Europe."