Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, a global manufacturer of Miller brand arc welding equipment, has announced the launch of the Copilot Collaborative Welding System. This all-Miller system is an entry-level cobot with advanced capabilities designed for shops and welders who are new to robotic welding and looking for ways to keep up with demand.
Built and backed by Miller, the welder-centric design removes complexity and makes it easy to handle quick changeovers for high-mix, low-volume parts.
With effortless implementation and ease of use, welders of any skill level will be empowered to take on more, expand their skill sets and optimize their time — all while the Copilot system continually produces repeatable, high-quality welds.
“Our goal was to create a system that’s focused on automated welding for users who have never programmed robots before — to take their different skill levels and amplify them,” says David Savage, product manager, Miller Welding Automation. “I think we’ve nailed it.”
Built to be rugged and reliable, the Copilot system is the only cobot with Miller-developed software, fine-tuning capabilities, and the ability to easily set and store parameters.
Powered by the Auto-Continuum 350 welding power source and featuring Accu-Pulse, Versa-Pulse and Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD) welding processes, the Copilot system will grow with businesses and operations as they take on more projects.
The CoPilot features include:
AccuGuide Precision Joystick. For the most accurate welds, the AccuGuide Precision Joystick simplifies precise gun positioning and adjustment with easy, fingertip control.
IntelliSet Weld Settings Assistant. The intuitive Miller software takes the guesswork and complexity out of weld settings. Welders simply input the material thickness and wire diameter and IntelliSet technology will configure the ideal settings for the best results.
Large Weld-Ready Work Table. Designed with a tooling hold pattern that is compatible with most modular fixturing, the robust 48×48-inch table can hold up to 1,500 pounds — up to three times competitive offerings.
“A common reaction to automation offerings is concern that ‘robots will take my job.’ We’re finding that with the Copilot system, it’s just the opposite,” says Ross Fleischmann, marketing manager, Miller Welding Automation. “Welders quickly identify that it’s another tool to help them, like their MIG gun. With the Copilot system, the skilled welding workforce is going to increase their value and extend their capabilities.”