Nornickel’s Polar Division launches first Kawasaki welding robot
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Nornickel’s Polar Division launches first Kawasaki welding robot

January 24, 2022

Norilsk has become the northernmost point in Russia where robotic welding has been introduced.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. A Japanese industrial welding robot Kawasaki has started working at the Norilsk Support Complex. The design consists of two welders and a positioner. The new robot is ultra-precise: it can perform any type of welding and cutting, including laser cutting. Thanks to automation, the welding process has become safer and more environmentally friendly. The Japanese works in the workshop for the production of mineral wool products, electrodes and metal profiling.

“Now large-scale construction projects are underway in Norilsk. Increased volumes require us to increase productivity and corresponding quality. Therefore, we decided to automate, robotize our production. To date, the robot has helped to increase productivity by about three times. We think it will be even more”, Igor Gladkov, head of the workshop, told.

The automated welder arrived from St. Petersburg. This is the brainchild of FAM-Robotics, the official integrator of Kawasaki industrial robots in Russia. Norilsk has become the northernmost point in Russia where robotic welding has been introduced.

 The robot’s work accuracy during laser cutting and welding is measured in hundredths of a millimeter. With a conventional arc, the accuracy is plus or minus a millimeter, which is absolutely uncritical due to a six to eight millimeter wide seam.

With a two-shift work schedule of eight hours, the robot will need service once every one and a half to two years.

Previously, Nornickel employees learned how to work in industrial exoskeletons. We also told about new generation of mine surveying drone being tested at the Polar Division, and the first mine navigation system in Russia will appear at Komsomolsky mine.

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Text: Tatyana Rychkova and Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

January 24, 2022

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