We are proud to welcome the Panasonic TM-2000WG III Robotic Welding Arm at Nashville metal fabricator Kloeckner Metals Nashville – American Fabricators.
This Panasonic robotic welding arm offers repeatability and quality to precision high volume parts for Kloeckner Metals customers. Here’s how:
The benefits of a robotic welding arm are especially advantageous for customers in the automotive industry where welding is one of the main manufacturing costs.
Another major consideration is the widespread use of aluminum sheet and AHSS and UHSS for automotive lightweighting. These more difficult-to-weld materials often require more skilled and experienced weld operators. (Check out our guide to welding aluminum for further explanation).
Automotive lightweighting satisfies stricter emissions standards with high strength-to-weight ratios and promising performance, increasing demand for aluminum in cars. For example, Drive Aluminum cites a 20% increase in aluminum content in vehicle manufacturing from 2015 to 2022.
Aluminum sheet goes into closure components, like the inner and outer hood, roof, fender, doors and tailgate. Other aluminum products like aluminum plate and aluminum tube are found in engines, transmissions and drivelines, wheels, heat exchangers, heat shields, suspensions and subframes, steering components, and brakes. Increasingly, we see aluminum in battery electric vehicles including the battery box, motor housing, converter housing, and battery motor system housing as well.
Some of the typical welding challenges for automotive manufacturing include:
To keep up with international competitors and to ensure affordability for consumers while also achieving mandatory requirements (i.e., crashworthiness and shock resistance) and meeting strict emissions standards, OEMs seek out more efficient production processes.
Our new robotic welding arm saves manufacturers precious time, and does not require expert weld operators to accomplish repeatable, quality, high precision welds at volume, solving many of the challenges that the industry faces in welding automotive components at scale.
We couldn’t be more proud to contribute the innovative welding solutions that meet the unique needs of automotive manufacturers. Investing in advanced technology and automation improves total production output, and we are happy to pass along this efficiency to our customers.
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