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Cakmak, engineering and sales leader
for Robotmaster. “What we’re utilizing
is a mature CAD/CAM technology
where we really extract the features.
For instance, the information from the
“They can take that program that’s
cutting is all extracted from the CAD
model. Your path is generated from that
Despite the complexity created by a
robot’s range of capabilities, Robotmaster
users don’t need robotic expertise. “The
person, once we output the program,
never has to touch it,” Cakmak says.
generated and send it to the robot. And
then the robot can execute it.”
NECESSITY OF SOFTWARE
But automation is only the beginning.
Connecting different functions of a
business and the software that runs
them to push productivity gains is the
Why emphasize software connectivity?
Because process improvements are
getting harder to extract from other areas
of fabrication operations.
For example, every cutting technology
has its physical limit—the point at which
viable cuts simply cannot be made any
faster. Purveyors of most major cutting
techniques— sawing, waterjet, oxyfuel,
plasma, laser—are nearing or have met
“You cannot just cut faster anymore,”
says Holger Hahn, global product
marketing manager application software
for ESAB in Germany. “You cannot be
a lot more precise than you are currently
with the [oxyfuel and plasma] processes.
The only thing you can improve on is a
complete process, including the planning
side and the material handling side and
data collection. You cannot cut faster.”
The answer for achieving productivity
Hypertherm's robotmaster takes a 3D model and
programs a path automatically for a robot arm to
take while it's cutting or welding.
users of oMAX's abrasive waterjet machines don't need an operator to create a
proprietary program to cut a sheet of metal. And, if machine A goes down and you
need to cut on machine b, oMAX's software transfers files via a common server.
gains for ESAB is a software system like Data
Leap. The Data Leap package connects a
shop’s enterprise resource planning (ERP)
system with current production data that it
can monitor and store in a shop’s own secure,
private data cloud. That data gets collected
and paired with plant data that allows a shop
to view that data different ways, allowing it to: