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KUKA.ArcTech turns a KUKA robot into a welding robot


The products from the KUKA.ArcTech family turn the KUKA robot into a welding robot. With the practical option packages, you can operate and program your welding application conveniently and intuitively while safeguarding quality.

Easy start-up and programming of welding robots

KUKA.ArcTech adds intuitive commands, structured menus and practical status keys to a KUKA robot system for robotic arc welding.  For simple and convenient operation, several practical status keys are added to the familiar KUKA smartPAD user interface to control the welding process and the power source. By mirroring the integrated EasyTeach status keys to the KUKA.ready2_pilot keys of the 6D mouse, welding technology commands can be programmed without taking your eyes off the weld seam.

Easy configuration of power sources

Preconfigured welding source profiles ensure high compatibility with all common power sources and enable uncomplicated integration. The flexible design enables control of power sources via job/program mode (setpoint values via program numbers) or characteristic/channel mode (setpoint values via several weld parameters).

The robot controller communicates with the power source via the field bus, e.g. the EtherCAT available as standard. With just a single mouse click, the holistic configuration is conveniently created with KUKA.WorkVisual and predefined configurations for power sources (e.g. for Binzel, ESAB, EWM, Fronius, Kemppi, Megmeet, Miller, Lincoln, Lorch and SKS). Optimize your configuration to meet your requirements by means of customized parameterization.

KUKA.ArcTech: integrated simplicity, performance and quality

  • Reaction to welding faults

    • Configurable fault strategies for:
      • − Ignition faults
      • − Seam faults
      • − Check for wire stuck to part at end of seam
    • Advanced Error Recovery enables automatic robot motion to a service position
    • PLC interface
  • Torch collision / TCP check

    • Collision monitoring and automatic system shutdown 
    • Integrated manual TCP check for quick and easy monitoring and correction of the TCP
    Learn more in the video
  • Mechanical weaving

    • 8 predefined weave patterns
    • 2 individually configurable weave patterns
    • Programmable weave parameters:
      • Amplitude
      • Weave length
      • Weave plane
      • Weave delay
    Learn more in the video
  • Online/offline optimization

    • Weld parameter management
    • Robot TCP velocity
    • Weave parameters
    • Mirroring of welding programs on external axes

KUKA.ArcTech welding software is modular in structure and can be adapted to your needs.

The option packages offer a wide range of functions to allow for easy operation of arc welding processes as well as efficient and fast programming. This enables targeted implementation of a broad variety of requirements for the arc welding process.

Simple teaching and manual guidance of welding robots 

Learn more about the intuitive control package KUKA ready2_pilot