The world’s first collaborative Spool Welding Robot (SWR) is now available for demonstrations in Houston, Texas, robotics company Novarc Technologies and ABICOR BINZEL have announced.
Novarc’s SWR is a semi-automated robotic solution designed for pipe welding, small pressure vessel manufacturing and other 1G welding applications. The collaborative robot utilises a three-axis robotic arm at the end of a long reach manipulator, which increases the dexterity and flexibility of the human operator, improving productivity on the shop floor and reducing costs for the pipe shop.
Novarc’s SWR collaborative welding robot is currently in operation in the US and Canada, and operations are expanding throughout North America, Europe, and Middle East.
In a statement, both companies explained. “The SWR is designed to modernise the labour-intensive practice of pipe fabrication shops as well as address the global shortage of highly skilled welders. Equipped with a built-in safety system (eliminating the need for hard fencing), SWR users benefit from increased productivity, up to 90 per cent arc-on-time, lower cost-per-joint and improved weld quality.”
The SWR is available for demonstrations at Har-Bach (formerly known as Red Rock USA).