Benefits of Soldering Robots
Soldering is a joining process that is critical to many manufacturing productions. This process was primarily done manually in the past, but like most industrial processes it is now being automated by robots. Soldering robots like the FANUC M-10ia can be found in the automotive, electronics, and medical device industries. These industries have been the primary adopters of soldering robots but those in other industries have also begun to automate their soldering applications. Industrial robots are ideal for soldering automation and provide many benefits.
Industrial robots are accurate, consistent, and precise increasing the quality of soldering applications. Articulated robots are able to control parameters such as positioning, temperature, speed, and force. With manual soldering it is nearly impossible to control these parameters and replicate each exactly from part to part. Inconsistencies in manual soldering leads to defects, poor quality, and deviations. Automating soldering with the Motoman MH6 ensures accurate soldering for uniform and higher quality products.
Industrial robots are able to take on a greater workload than humans because they are efficient. Six axis robots can run twenty-four hours increasing factory operation hours. Stoppages are a rare occurrence as they are programmed to move from part to part without delays or distractions. Their accuracy mitigates errors, preventing rework. All of these factors drive up productivity rates. More workpieces can be soldered with the FANUC LR Mate 200ic. Not only does productivity increase, but it also becomes more predictable with the consistency of robots. This allows for more accurate yield forecasts and budget planning.
Robotic soldering will save companies money in the long run. While investing in a robotic soldering system comes with an initial expense, the system will quickly capture its ROI. Soldering is a highly skilled process. Because of the great skill required it can be difficult to find workers who are qualified and most often have expensive salaries. Automating eliminates costs associated with labor including salaries, training, and benefits. The accuracy and consistency of robots prevents errors, scrapped materials/parts, and rework which further drives down production costs.
Increased Safety for Workers
Automating soldering provides a safer work environment for your employees. Manual soldering can be strenuous on workers causing muscle strain and fatigue. In addition, the high temperatures leave workers vulnerable to burns as well as the inhalation of toxic fumes. Robots do not have the same safety risks as humans, allowing them to safely automate soldering.
Ability to Solder Micro-Components
In some industries, particularly the electronics industry, products are shrinking. Smaller products mean smaller components are needed to build them. Some of these components have become too small for manual soldering. However, robots are capable of soldering micro-components. The ABB IRB 1200 is ideal for automating the soldering of small workpieces.
Faster Cycle Times
Robots can also solder workpieces in less time than when done manually. This is due to their fast operation speeds while also avoiding delays. Fast cycle times are especially apparent with SCARA robots. The FANUC Sr-6ia can be used for soldering automation due to its quick speed.
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