Used Robotic Welding Packages
Welding is the most commonly automated process in manufacturing. Nearly half of all active industrial robots are used for either arc welding or spot welding automation. Hazards such as UV light exposure, fumes, and high heat along with the highly skilled nature of welding make it ideal for robotic automation.
Implementing robotic welding has a number of benefits and will optimize productions. However, the main drawback to implementing welding automation is the upfront cost. Purchasing a welding package is a significant investment. More goes into an automated welding system than just the six axis robot. There are several additional pieces of equipment needed. Purchasing an entirely new robotic welding system can easily approach or exceed six figures. Not every company has the budget to support such an investment. However, with rising production costs, welder shortages, and increasing competition, companies are realizing the need to automate to combat these issues. Fortunately, used robotic welding packages are available as a cost-effective alternative to new ones.
Components of a Used Robotic Welding PackageUsed robotic welding packages feature the same types of components as a new package. Of course, the main component is the robot. Welding packages can be integrated with a used welding robot such as the Motoman MA1440 or a multipurpose robot with welding capabilities. For example, a used FANUC M-710ic/20L. Other components of a used robotic welding package will include the power source, welding torch, and wire feeder. Power sources from top welding equipment brands Miller, Lincoln, and Fronius can be purchased used. The Lincoln Powerwave i400 and Miller Auto-Axcess 450 are two power sources that are common on the second-hand market. Depending on your specific requirements that may be all you need for automating your welding process. However, it is also possible to find used robotic weld cells. Used robotic weld cells feature all components needed to completely optimize a welding application. The articulated robot, power source, torch, wire feeder, positioner, reamer, and safety equipment will already be integrated within a weld cell for a completely turnkey system.
Advantages of a Used Robotic Welding PackageJust because the components of a second-hand robotic welding package have been previously used does not mean buyers will be at a disadvantage to those with completely new systems. There are actually advantages to buying a used system over a new one. The biggest advantage is the lower upfront cost. Buying a used robotic welding package will save a significant amount of money. Used robotic welding packages make automation feasible to those with small to medium operations. Buyers will be able to capture their ROI sooner with a used robotic welding system with a lower initial cost.
Buying used also does not mean sacrificing on quality. Used systems are just as reliable and have the same benefits as a new welding package. A used package featuring the FANUC Arcmate 120ic will still lower production costs, decrease cycle times, improve product quality, and increase productivity.
A used system will come with equipment already integrated, reducing setup and installation time. Components will be compatible with malfunctions less likely to occur as the system has already been operating. Technicians will likely already be familiar with many of the components as well.