Gas Metal Arc Welding, also known as MIG welding, is a common type of welding that uses an electrode and filler wire to connect two work pieces together. GMAW is used on non-ferrous materials such as aluminum, and has a faster welding time than some other welding processes.
GMAW was originally developed in the 1940s for welding aluminum, according to the Weld Guru website. Though it was used somewhat during that time period, the ability to purchase the inert gases (argon, helium, carbon dioxide, etc.) was difficult because of their price. Until the price of these inert gases relaxed in later years, GMAW was limited to use in the steel industry.
During the 1950s and 1960s, there were further developments the process of welding with a gas metal arc, the website stated. This gave the process of GMAW more versatility and made the process highly industrialized.
Today, GMAW is automated in many industries and uses robotics instead of its original manual application. It is highly utilized in the automotive industry, due to its versatility and speed. There are several other welding industries that have followed suit to save time and money during their welding applications.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for FANUC, KUKA and Motoman robotics companies, has several robots suited for GMAW applications. The FANUC ArcMate, Motoman Expert Arc, and the KUKA Arc series are all well suited for this kind of process. Each company has its own take on the process, and provides the manufacturer with a robot that can quickly perform the welding process while producing a superior quality weld.
RobotWorx has a highly-trained staff that can work with you to design and build your perfect GMAW system for your facility. If you are interested in automating your GMAW process with RobotWorx, call us today at 740-251-4312 for more information.