Being at the forefront of height adjustable furniture technology requires awareness and implementation of the most cutting-edge manufacturing methods and equipment. Demonstrating further commitment to efficiency and quality, instead of traditional gas shielded welding, LoctekMotion uses more advanced laser welding robots in the production of our height adjustable desk frames. Why is this so vital to the success of the manufacturing process? Let’s examine the many advantages of laser welding including ease of use, safety and superior results.
Strengths and Positive Qualities of Laser Welding
The advantages of using laser welding robots in desk frame production are numerous:
Laser welding robots are simple to operate. Additionally, the speed of laser welding is fast and the weld completes quickly. Meanwhile, traditional gas shielded welding is relatively difficult to operate, and its speed is slow, as the soldering wire must be melted during metal argon arc welding. (Note: gas shielded welding has several related names including metal argon arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and tungsten inert gas welding.)
Examining the results of each method, laser welding has a beautiful and more delicate appearance than traditional gas shielded welding. This is because the width of the laser weld is small and the connection gap that can occur with other methods is eliminated.
Perhaps surprisingly, while laser welding can produce delicate results, it is also quite robust. As long as the laser welding machine’s power is high enough, the weld will be strong. Because its beam is more focused, the heat of the laser welding machine is more concentrated than that of gas shielded welding, and the thermal deformation of the material is lessened – so the laser method is better suited for welding thin-walled materials more precisely. All in all, laser welding provides higher accuracy than more traditional welding methods.
Because of its precision, the laser welding machine virtually eliminates any additional processing after welding completion, which saves time and effort.
Laser welding operation for spot welding is simple and convenient because of its fast speed and the ability to automate use through laser welding robots. Traditional gas shielded welding, by comparison, is difficult to operate – so much so that it requires skilled professional operators. Because of its difficulty, gas shielded welding is prone to errors and therefore waste.
Because less heat is generated during the welding process, laser welding is much safer and risks no harm to any human operators. However, gas shielded welding generates high heat and strong light during the welding process, which can cause harmful side effects for workers nearby.
The One Negative Aspect to Laser Welding
Obviously, the “pro” column for laser welding is well-stacked – but it does have one main “con,” and that is the expense of the equipment.
For example, to weld 2.0mm stainless steel plates, the cost of use for a laser welding machine will be at least $100,000; meanwhile, the cost of using traditional gas shielded welding is in the tens of thousands, or even less. But LoctekMotion attaches great importance to product quality and aesthetics, as well as the safety of our workers. There are other areas in which to cut down on manufacturing costs, but we are not willing to compromise on safety and quality. Laser welding offers other resource savings that help to make up for the cost of equipment use – such as accuracy (less waste and fewer repeated steps), speed (more manufacturing throughput) and simplicity of use (less special training to operate).
Incorporating laser welding robots into our manufacturing is just one more way LoctekMotion affirms our commitment to product quality. We continually strive to improve and evolve our processes and products to offer the highest quality ergonomic furniture at the best value.