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Welding

ANDRITZ Soutec is your specialist for laser and resistance welding systems

If you are in the laser welding business, you know what it means to prepare an edge so that it can take the full energy of the laser beam, measuring 0.4-0.6 mm in diameter. A “zero gap” condition between two blanks is the ideal concept, but in reality, this is almost impossible to achieve.

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Whether flat or round – the philosophy is always the same

Domenico Iacovelli

President

Solving problems in the welding process with ANDRITZ Soutec equipment

On the one hand, the solution lies in the perfect detection and measuring system to measure the gap width and its position. On the other hand, in an almost “zero gap” condition prior to welding, the gap either needs to be closed or filled with the exact amount of material lacking.

On the one hand, the solution lies in the perfect detection and measuring system to measure the gap width and its position. On the other hand, in an almost “zero gap” condition prior to welding, the gap either needs to be closed or filled with the exact amount of material lacking.

With a specially developed measuring system based on the combination of gray image technology and laser triangulation, the gap and position of the laser beam accuracy is localized to +/-0.02 mm. That is 4 to 5 times more accurate than other measuring systems on the market. Thus, the lack of material caused by the shear-to-break ratio or by the tension in the sheet metal can be detected exactly.

If it is possible to compensate for the lack of material by means of a filler wire, a uniform seam profile (defined: convexity or concavity) can be achieved. With laser welding using the legendary keyhole process, Soutec has achieved another technological milestone, which opened the door to outer skin tailored blanks.

For over 60 years now, Soutec has been operating with dedicated, highly motivated employees and innovative technical solutions. Today, Soutec is known for high-skill welding technologies and pioneering developments in the automotive industry. Advanced technology centers located in Europe, Asia, and North America enable our customers to strengthen their competitive position in the global market.

 

Innovative technologies for the automotive market

We are continuously developing new, innovative technologies for our laser and resistance welders for the growing automotive market. We have already supplied more than 140 fully automated systems, producing more than 250 million parts globally every year.  

Many of our applications are for tailored/tubular blanks, steel fuel tanks, and exhaust systems. Our dedicated employees and our vision inspection systems for quality assurance make sure that your parts are free of defects with a minimum of scrap. 

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Defect-free parts with a minimum of scrap

Many of our applications are for tailored/tubular blanks, steel fuel tanks, and exhaust systems. Our dedicated employees and our vision inspection systems for quality assurance make sure that your parts are free of defects with a minimum of scrap.  

Our service and worldwide presence guarantee 100% customer support and after sales service 24 hours a day.  

We look forward to working with you!

We are continuously developing new, innovative technologies for our laser and resistance welders for the growing automotive market. We have already supplied more than 130 fully automated systems, producing more than 200 million parts globally every year.  

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