In the beginning, there were concerns
The introduction of the new robotic welding technology initially raised many concerns. Welding parts for rail cars requires extremely strict standards and the maintenance of tight tolerances. The bar is also raised by the all-important fact that these are tank cars used to transport hazardous materials. “After an initial analysis of the parts, subassemblies and assemblies that we felt had the greatest chance of success, we began discussions with Valk Welding to identify all of our requirements, as well as the potential risks that could arise during the project. The implementation of robotic stations for welding assemblies and subassemblies of tank supports and car frames was an extraordinary challenge,” said Artur Lepszy, welding technologist at CHEMET S.A.