Welding operations need to be flexible, to comply with customer demands and to maintain their own competitive standing and growth potential. Recognizing this, AWL-Techniek felt it necessary to redesign some of its welding cells, which are one product line for The Netherlands-based developer of various welding machines and related systems and enclosures. The result is a new, completely modular spot welding cell.

The greatest advantage of the modular structure is flexibility, according to AWL, with extensive options and variability in cell positioning available to the shop operators. “This can be a valuable characteristic if customers want to have uniformity in their production plants but floor space poses a problem,” the supplier explained.

The basic unit of the welding cell is always the same, consisting of a base frame, an index table, and two or three robots. By simplifying and shortening the base frame, customers have the opportunity to decide where to place the cell walls. The entrance door, control cabinets, etc., can be placed on any of the sides. This changes the shape of the cell, providing the flexibility needed by customers, with no compromise in the effectiveness of the welding process.

As the walls are linked to the base frame in a simple way, so assembly and disassembly are easy. Damage to the walls or frame, or problematic dismantling, are minimized, and the operators can place and set-up the machine anywhere quickly and easily.

AWL initially developed this method for spot-welding cells, but following enthusiastic response from customers the group is developing flexible welding cells for arc welding and laser welding installations.