Koike MagWheel Robotic Welding IntegrationK
oike Aronson are leaders in manufacturing high quality metal cutting, welding and positioning equipment. It was an integration that was meant to happen. Magswitch MagWheels are perfect for driving powerful connection on any ferrous surface enabling flat, vertical or inverse travel. About 6 years ago, this integration became a reality. Koike has been using the MagWheels for one of their automated welding systems.
Koike’s machine comes out of the box with brass guide rollers. If you are familiar with how this type of welding tractor works, they use mechanical force to hold the carriage to the work piece. They have 2 guide rollers that will set the distance form the fillett plate. One is set shorter that the other. This causes the machine to drive into the work piece and hold a consistent distance. In turn, the welding head will stay positioned in the exact same spot throughout the weld. It does not matter the length of weld. These machines can run up over 50’ in distance depending on the length of welding cable.
Magswitch Finds A Solution
One of the issues they faced with the machine however, is what to do if the fillett plate is convex in nature. A prime example is welding a piece of large diameter pipe to a structure. Since they did not have the ability to track this, they relied on the Magswitch magnetic guide rollers aka MagWheels to attach their machine to the base plate. With the MagWheels, they were able to find a problem to their solution. These products are now sold across the country in the shipbuilding and railcar industry.
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