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Introducing Quality Automation to MEC-COM Fabrications

Bauromat has recently completed the successful installation of a fully automated robotic TIG welding system for Midlands based fabrication and assembly company Mec-Com, making it the Stafford based companies first robotic automation system.

Having previously been completing small volumes of welding applications, Mec-Com had been approached by its client to expand their portfolio, which brought on the need for accurate and consistent robotic welding – introducing Bauromat…

The part, a stainless-steel internal enclosure of an industrial dishwasher, was to be assembled in three parts in the system tooling, and TIG welded along all joints and corners. With two sizes available, the system had to be flexible and capable of changing between the sizes with minimal disruption.

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The requirements meant that a system based on Bauromat’s BAURO-Arc 500 concept (an arc welding system with a head and tailstock manipulator) would be the perfect solution, altered for Mec-Com’s specific requirements and preferences. Featuring a KUKA KR 16, a robot designed entirely for welding applications, an external axis controlling the component positioner is also used, which means there is synchronisation between the robot and positioning of the part, resulting in a more accurate finished product.

Safety is also of the utmost importance in all automation systems. Fully enclosed within Kyrus modular guarding and topped with a fume extraction hood, the BAURO-Arc system features an array of additional safety features such as high-speed roller shutter doors, light guard systems that prevent operation when triggered and quality fortress interlocks, all of which are programmed into the system itself.

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What’s more, this safety system can be controlled and maintained through a single PLC and operated through an easy-to-use touchscreen HMI. This industry 4.0 ready technology, designed in-house by Bauromat’s electrical programmers, makes system operation and management incredibly easy, featuring everything from tracking alarms and system efficiency, to selecting specific welds and electronic documents.

All these features meant the system achieved the desired cycle time to meet the demand of the Mec-Com’s increased workload. With the system now installed, full production is set to begin early next year, as Mec-Com looks to stamp its place in the fabrication industry as the 'go to' for quality, automation produced parts.

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