Together with welding specialist Fronius, VITRONIC is launching its latest innovation Weldloop. The software solution helps vehicle manufacturers optimize their welding lines faster and reduce rejections. With Weldloop, inspection data and welding process data can be linked and displayed together for the first time. Thanks to the data correlations and special evaluation tools, the causes of defects can be identified and eliminated much faster than before. Weldloop is currently already being used by selected pilot customers, including a major automotive manufacturer.
Bodywork, axles, battery boxes for electric cars: safety always comes first when it comes to welds for such critical vehicle parts. No defective weld seam must leave production. But errors happen. Car manufacturers and suppliers therefore make immense efforts to inspect every single weld seam and improve the welding processes.
At the same time, they have to pay attention to profitability, increase plant availability and output, and minimize rejections. Until now, these goals have been difficult to reconcile: That's because the tasks surrounding weld inspection and process optimization are largely performed manually.
For this area, VITRONIC's Weldloop solution represents a real breakthrough. The prerequisite for its use is the VIRO WSI automatic inspection unit, which inspects each weld seam using 3D image processing and records the data. With the Weldloop software, inspection data from quality control can now be linked with data from the welding process.
Engineers can use Weldloop to efficiently analyze large amounts of data and graphically display trends. This allows them to quickly identify deviations, as well as their possible causes and at which welding station they occurred. Without Weldloop, engineers would manually have to compare all the data and go through troubleshooting procedures.
In this way, vehicle manufacturers can save significant costs. The downtimes of the welding lines are reduced. At the same time, they improve the quality of the welds and the inspection: this means fewer rejects and less effort for manual reworking.
VITRONIC developed Weldloop in close cooperation with Austrian company Fronius, the global technology leader in robotic welding. The software was tested and further improved for months at selected pilot customers in the run-up to the market launch. A major automotive manufacturer is also already using Weldloop productively. Now Weldloop is available as a mature solution for all companies that use Fronius welding systems together with the Fronius data documentation solution WeldCube Premium.
Weldloop is the gateway to automated process optimization for welding lines. Currently, the software merely links and analyzes the data. In the future, the welding line can be imagined as a "closed-loop system": It continuously evaluates data, optimizes itself and can intervene independently before errors occur.
VITRONIC is a world leader in industrial machine vision. The owner-managed group of companies develops innovative products and customized solutions in the growth industries of automation, healthcare, photovoltaics, logistics automation, body scanning solutions, and traffic technology.
With over 35 years of experience, VITRONIC offers a unique portfolio of systems and software for image and sensor-based quality inspection, identification, traffic monitoring, and toll collection. Customers include renowned companies such as B.Braun, BMW, Daimler, DHL, UPS, Toll Collect, Fresenius, and Sanofi, as well as government agencies and public authorities.
VITRONIC systems play a major role in ensuring the highest levels of quality and efficiency in the production processes of the automobile, photovoltaic, and pharmaceutical industries.
In logistics centers and cargo airports worldwide, VITRONIC's Auto-ID solutions efficiently capture and integrate shipment data and ensure the transparent flow of packages.
In the traffic technology sector, VITRONIC offers high-performance technologies to increase road safety, improve traffic flow and secure tolling revenue.
Since its founding in 1984, VITRONIC has grown continuously, and currently has over 1,000 employees. It is represented in four continents and in over 80 countries. VITRONIC supports its international customers through its subsidiaries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as through a global network of sales and service partners.
VITRONIC systems are developed and manufactured at the company's headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2020, the Group’s total revenue was 152,5 million Euros.