Bucher Municipal Waste & Water Magazine Dec_Jan Edition

While automation has previously been the domain of high volume / low complexity manufacturing, Bucher Municipal is using automation with an emphasis on low volume / high complexity production.

Designed to meet the needs of Bucher’s varying manufacturing demands and product mix, the Company’s new Robotic Welding Cell has the ability to fabricate multiple assemblies on highly flexible tooling. The cell utilises high performance ABB robotic equipment coupled with a Fronius power source using ESAB weld wire. All equipment was integrated by CSF Robotics.

The robot system is the first cell in Australia to use tactile touch sensing in combination with seam tracking for highly accurate weld seam identification. To maintain accuracy, the cell also utilises an automated torch cleaning and weld tip calibration unit which ensures repeatable weld positions for optimum weld quality.