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Hirebotics to launch new cobot welder package


Hirebotics enables welders to program robots with its cobot welder programming app. Photo: Universal Robots

Hirebotics has developed the Cobot Welder for automated welding deployments.

The hire-a-cobot company will officially launch the welder with a demo and live Q&A in an online event for the public on Apr. 28.

Out of the box, Cobot Welder provides the hardware and software required to get started on an automated welding deployment, including: a UR10e collaborative robot, a Miller Invision 352 MPa cobot package, a Tregaskiss robotic torch, a mobile cart with a standard 5/8-inch diameter on two-inch centre hole pattern and Hirebotics’ Cobot Welder smartphone application, which runs on Hirebotics’ cloud-based Beacon software platform.

The app enables welders to program robots without programming experience or a teach pendant.

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Beacon, which Hirebotics launched in 2020, is certified in Universal Robots’ UR+ ecosystem, which is a platform for cobot application building and remote cobot monitoring, maintenance and 24/7 global support.

“The welding profession is experiencing a labour crisis. The average age for skilled welders is 55, most are likely to retire within 10 years, and younger people aren’t entering the profession in sufficient numbers to sustain industry demand,” says Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development and strategic marketing, North America at Universal Robots.

“There is an urgent need for collaborative welding systems that are safe to use around human beings and can be used to support expert human welders by taking over the tedious and unergonomic aspects of the welding process.”