The Cobot Welder from Hirebotics provides the hardware and software needed for automated welding. It is reported to reduce downtime and improve welding quality and productivity. (Photo: Business Wire)

April 21, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A new collaborative robot (cobot) welding system from Hirebotics is reported to increase productivity and decrease time required to “teach a part” by 60 percent. The Hirebotics Cobot Welder, Powered by BeaconTM, enables “painless automated welding deployments” that provide advanced robot welding via an easy-to-use smartphone application, the company said in a release.

The Cobot Welder system is reported to provide an easy way to weld using a simple Cobot Welder cellphone application that runs on Hirebotics’ cloud-based Beacon software platform. Beacon, launched by Hirebotics in 2020, is a UR+ certified, powerful platform for cobot application building and remote cobot monitoring, maintenance, and 24/7 global support.

“The Cobot Welder is a major leap forward in easy-to-use welding automation that combines industrial grade robot welding functionality with consumer level ease-of-use and a phenomenal price point,” said Rob Goldiez, co-founder and CEO, Hirebotics, in the release.

Cobot Welder is said to provide all the hardware and software required to get started on an automated welding deployment. This includes 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 2-inch center hole pattern, and Hirebotics’ Cobot Welder smartphone application.

“With Cobot Welder, Hirebotics has managed to eliminate the pain points from robot welding system deployments,” said Mitch Dupon, director of business development at Hirebotics, in the release. “At the heart of the system is our Cobot Welder smartphone app, which turns welders into robot programmers in a matter of minutes, no pendant required. By reducing the time taken to teach new parts by as much 60 percent, Cobot Welder reduces downtime, improves welding quality and productivity, and ensures painless automated welding deployments.”

Joe Campbell, Universal Robots’ senior manager of applications development and strategic marketing, North America, is a 40-year robotics industry veteran and an expert in collaborative robot deployments. He offered context on the launch of the Cobot Welder and the needs it seeks to fulfill.

“The welding profession is experiencing a labor crisis,” Campbell said in the release. “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. 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.”

Hirebotics (www.hirebotics.com), founded in 2015, is a cobot technology developer headquartered in Nashville. The company designs and develops tools designed to improve the productivity, usability, and affordability of collaborative robot systems.

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