Robotic Welding Cells
August 2006
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The Z-Weld dual fixed-table robotic welding cell from Marathon is designed for manufacturers looking to enhance productivity on small- to medium-sized welded parts, as robotic welding can be three times more productive than a manual welder. Shipped assembled and ready for immediate installation and production, the welding cell is said to be particularly suited as an alternative to semi-automatic welding.
Marathon, based in Jackson, Michigan, U.S., says the welding cell is adaptable to all models of robots and welding power supplies and can be pre-programmed to meet specific material and application needs. The cell’s 85-inch by 105-inch (215 cm by 266 cm) footprint minimizes floor space usage, and the unit’s forklift-compatible base allows portability for flexible manufacturing layouts.
Designed to provide versatile automation, the robotic cell can be used to weld various materials, including aluminum, steel, and stainless. Features include customer specific power supply and robot, two 30 inch by 40 inch (76 cm by 101 cm) tables mounted on a common machine base, manual or automatic doors at load/unload stations, and full perimeter guarding with a maintenance access door.
To meet safety standards, the welding cell is said to provide ergonomic placement of operator panels and controls. The cell is delivered with a metal surround flash and safety barrier, and requires just power, air and welding consumables to begin working.
Production cells from the company range from single torch arc to fully automated multi-robot systems with positioners and custom-designed tooling. Resistance welding cells range from single or multi-gun fixed automation to transguns mounted on multi-axis robots.

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