Replacement, renewal and expansion of welding robot systems
The company expects a growth of 50% over the next 5 years, with the bulk of the growth to come from the production and sale of front lift systems, PTOs, transmissions and components for OEMs. Within the welding department, therefore, substantial investments were made in replacement, renewal and expansion of the welding robot systems. Vincent Schreuder: “The existing Track-Frame-EE system with 8 stations is completely upgraded by Valk Welding with the latest Panasonic welding robots and controllers. We use this cell for high-mix, low-volume production”.
“For the fast running products we have chosen 2 standard C-frames with 2 workstations that change according to the principle of a ferris wheel. The operator is always in the same position and no longer has to shuttle back and forth between the stations (less logistic movements). Because both the jigs and the assemblies can be hoisted outside the welding zone, this way of working produces a higher output. A perfect solution for the larger quantities. Moreover, the ferris wheel concept requires less space and an additional welding light shield is not necessary because the robot always welds at the rear of the fixed screen,” explains Rudolf Koopman.