Light Guided Welding

A bit of clever robot weld programming has come from local innovator, Andrew Turner, at NETPark – the science park just a few miles from Durham City.

A bit of clever robot weld programming has come from local innovator, Andrew Turner, at NETPark – the science park just a few miles from Durham City. A former Senior Engineer for a major car parts manufacturer, Andrew drew from his own experience to solve a costly welding problem in automotive welding. He essentially introduced laser light technology to enable the welding robot to be positioned with tremendous accuracy. The optimum torch position is reached when all four laser LEDs are combined to only a single focal point on the work-piece. If two or more points are visible the torch is either too close or too far away from the work-piece. This results in shortening production times considerably, and offers savings during rework and quality control. This technology innovation has now been licensed to global welding equipment manufacturer Abicor Benzel in their Abidot product. Andrew’s product design company continues to develop a pipeline of exciting products involving light technology.