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Abstract

Welding is the dominating joining process in the heavy industries. Welding is very time consuming, frequently the total time of manufacture is determined by the time spent in welding. Due to the rather small series, normally produced in heavy industries, the need for limitation of investment, an often complicated geometry of the joints to be welded and rather coarse tolerances all have acted together in preventing any wide scale automation of welding processes in the heavy industries. The approach of the project team has been a strategy that aim for flexible low cost automation of arc welding. This involves development of: - Fairly simple automation of the welding of subcomponents. - A large scale shift to mechanized welding processes. - Application of welding robots wherever possible. The project has the general purpose of developing all these aspects. In addition it will pay attention to the problem caused by the primers. The paper will give an overview of the project and discuss the different aspects of flexible low cost automation, in terms of the problems connected to automation in the heavy industries and the project team approach to solve the problems. The project is a 4- year project and is at present 1 1/2 years in progress.

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Authors: CHRISTENSEN J R KOCH B DANISH WELDING INSTITUTE, BRONDBY (DENMARK), DANISH WELDING INSTITUTE, BRONDBY (DENMARK)
Bibliographic Reference: 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "DEVELOPMENTS IN AUTOMATED AND ROBOTIC WELDING", LONDON (UK), NOV. 17-19, 1987 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 33460 ORA
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