AWL, a leading manufacturer of arc-, resistant- and laser-welding equipment, has introduced a new laser welding system that features ‘beam switch management’. Because the system can direct a laser to two separate work areas, weld-to-weld times can be dramatically reduced. The solution is ideally suited for welding complex 3D parts.

According to AWL, the system allows one robot to complete a weld as the second robot moves into position to complete the next operation. As the first robot finishes its weld, the laser is switched to the second robot. The system allows freedom of movement in the x-, y- and z-axes. Such flexibility means complex parts do not have to be redesigned in order to accommodate the welding equipment.

Using the wrist axes of the robot, the robots can complete such complex patterns as C-shaped welds, while the driving software is tuned to guarantee patch accuracy.