In the industrial field, the know-how gained over many years and the desire to never stop the research process, are the two main features that enable making products suited to a constantly evolving market.Even those companies that make welding machines must always keep these two words in mind if they wish to continue ensuring reliability and cutting edge machinery to their customers.
The ever-increasing use of automated systems in factories adjusting to industry 4.0 requires choosing welding machines with top-notch technologies and customer service that can solve any issue.
China seeking to catch up with technologically more advanced Europe
Over the past few years, Asia has recorded the greater increases in the installation of robots in industry. In the wake of the government programme “Made in China 2025”, which follows the industry 4.0 indications on automation, China has seen 138,000 robots land in its factories in 2017, with a percentage increase over the previous year of 58%.
This figure, which seems huge, reveals precisely the low technological level that Chinese factories were starting from.
Europe is seeing a constant increase in robotization in its companies, precisely because industrial history has always been focused on quality and the development of new technologies.
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The 2016 data from the International Federation of Robotics concerning the number of robots installed in European industries for every 10,000 employees are the following:
Germany 309 units
- Sweden 223 units
- Denmark 211 units
- Italy 185 units
- Belgium 184 units
- Spain 160 units
- Austria 144 units
- Finland 138 units
- Slovenia 137 units
- Slovakia 135 units
- France 132 units
- Switzerland 128 units
- Czech Republic 101 units
As far as the welding sector is concerned, the experience in making cutting edge welding machines and the consistent investments that companies have poured into research and development, even now enable European manufacturers to provide systems with more advanced technology and, therefore, greater performance compared with Chinese ones.
The increase in demand for synergic welding machines and robot welding machines for use in smart factories, and the overall increase in robotics used in industries around the world – which is estimated to be around 14% per year until 2020 – should further spur companies in studying technologies that go even beyond the suggestions of industry 4.0.
Special processes and software for robotic welding
The artificial intelligence inserted in the welding systems made in Europe are the fruit of great technological capacity, and ensure consistency in the product’s high quality.
The most advanced software managing robot and synergic welding machines enables the use of functions that optimize the work, and special processes that halve welding times.
The microprocessors inserted today in high quality European synergic welding machines enable putting workers to work assisted directly by the machine, which suggests the correct welding parameters, thus avoiding any human error.
In the robot welding machines for industry 4.0, the electronic control of all functions, constant data analysis and subsequent optimization of the work, remote maintenance and system connection over a network, are the features that increase productivity and quality.