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Norbar Torque Tools has upgraded its welding facility with a robotic welding cell engineered by Cyber-weld. Providing Norbar with increased capacity and quality improvements and at the same time taking up less space, the new system is based around a FANUC ARC Mate robot. 

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd has upgraded its welding facility with a new robotic welding cell engineered by Cyber-weld Ltd

Norbar had previously been using a welding cell with limited capabilities for many years. However, the existing system had reached a stage of spares obsolescence and by its design made tool changing, maintenance and any level of equipment access difficult and time consuming. The welding process produced a lot of spatter, which required a lengthy linishing operation.

Norbar’s production engineering team wanted to speed up the welding process for the industrial torque wrench range.

Cyber-weld, a strategic partner of FANUC for welding applications, was selected to engineer and supply the replacement system. Designing what is essentially a ‘plug-and-weld’ robot cell comprising a FANUC ARC Mate six-axis welding robot, an integrated MIG welding power source, a turntable and fume extraction, the complete system was delivered as one complete product and forklifted into position.

Fixtures were designed and manufactured in house by Norbar and quick-release post mounts with pin locking ensure fast tool changeovers. The weld cell has been designed to allow ease of access to all areas without compromising available space.

Key benefits of product application

  • Requiring only power and gas supplies, the system was available for pre-production trials and commissioning within hours of its delivery. 
  • The reduction of spatter has virtually eliminated the need for linishing after welding. 
  • Due to the high welding speed of the FANUC and being able to multi-load components while welding continues, the Cyber-weld system has helped the company to reduce a typical batch weld time from 4.5 hours to 2.5 hours.

FANUC UK provides industrial automation solutions ranging from the supply of CNC controllers, robots, drilling machines, EDM and injection moulding machines through to the complete integration of factory automation systems.

Providing a single customer support portal for its three core businesses, FANUC comprises FA — CNC controllers, motors and drives; robotics — industrial robots and systems; robomachines — EDM, injection moulding and drilling machines.

CNC

FANUC’s FA business manufactures CNC controls, drive systems and laser systems. With a 65 per cent market share in the global CNC control sector, FANUC is the market leader. FANUC CNC is the controller of choice for the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers; continuously developing functionality sees FANUC CNC control being used in a wide range of applications — combining powerful control and high precision with unparalleled reliability.

FANUC servo drives and motors are well proven — aimed at the machine builder, they offer the widest range of high-performance compact designs.  The high availability and ease of maintenance together with world-class, energy-efficient designs make them the motors of choice for thousands of OEMs around the world.

Robotics 

FANUC’s robotics business manufactures the widest range of robots in the world for applications from micro-electronics assembly to the forging of precision aerofoils for jet engines — in industries as diverse as pharmaceutical and potato processing — and with maximum payloads from 1kg to 1,350kg. More than 280,000 FANUC robots are operating worldwide, with production currently geared to meet demands of 5,000 per month. FANUC robots are truly ‘out-of-the-box’ automation designed to be totally flexible and, with application-specific options, straightforward to integrate.

Robomachine

FANUC’s robomachine business manufactures Robodrill machining centres, Robocut EDM machines and Roboshot electric injection-moulding machines. Using FANUC components throughout, the robomachine business builds on the advanced technology, reliability, energy efficiency and innovation of its own controllers, drives and motors. With a focus on energy efficiency and high reliability, the robomachine business developed the first all-electric injection-moulding machines — Roboshot — changing the mould shop into a much cleaner and quieter environment.

Customer support

From initial sales contact with FANUC through the life of the product, FANUC provides one single contact point to make sure support is always at hand with up-to-date advice, genuine warranted parts and, whenever possible, obsolescence avoidance solutions that ensure the lifetime delivery of maximum efficiency.

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