AN ELECTRIC CONTINUOUS PATH PORTABLE ROBOT FOR ARC WELDING
A study of welding in industry indicated a requirement for a portable robot which could hold a torch, follow variable paths and do out-of-position welds, with poorly fitted materials, in batch manufacturing processes. The robot manufacturer in conjunction with a large shipbuilder developed a prototype and tested it in actual ship constructions. Results were satisfactory, resulting in a new lightweight, easily programmed industrial robot, called the "Apprentice r". This paper describes the contacts made with the industry, the initial design goals, the basic difficulties encountered in early designs, how these difficulties are overcome, the prototype test and operational problems, and finally the satisfactory portable Apprentice r robot.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers20501 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI United States 48128
- Sullivan, M J
- Publication Date: 0
- Pagination: 11 p.
- TRT Terms: Automatic welding; Automation; Electric arc welding; Robots; Shipyards
- Old TRIS Terms: Shipyard automation
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Terminals and Facilities;
- Accession Number: 00323273
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
- Report/Paper Numbers: MS79-794
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM