July 8, 2022

ComauSeabery400x275Industrial automation provider Comau has announced a partnership with Seabery, which develops augmented reality software for industrial and educational usage. The two companies have unveiled a robotic welding training system that combines Seabery’s AR Soldamatic simulated welding training with Comau’s e.DO educational robot.

The program is aimed as a training program for students and workers that lets them practice the skills needed to become proficient and certified robotic welders. The comprehensive and scalable solution is designed to help fill a global demand for expert welding professionals, the companies said.

Comau said Industry 4.0 automation is increasing the level of skills required by welding professionals, yet robotic welding training is seldom offered at traditional welding training institutions or vocational training centers. Furthermore, a standardized robotic welding training curriculum does not currently exist. Traditional welding training and practice is also costly, time consuming and requires dedicated safety equipment. 

The new solution allows unlimited practice via a simulated training program that utilizes AR technology to reproduce a real-life robotic welding environment. It includes a programmable teach pendant and features hundreds of welding procedures and positions to comprehensively train robot operators. The Soldamatic simulator exclusively offers Hyperreal-SIM, a proprietary technology owned by Seabery, which is a multi-sensory training interface, including sight, sound and touch with a highly-calibrated and parameterized system, which creates the most realistic welding training experience aside from actual welding.​

Available immediately as a stand-alone training program or as part of Comau’s comprehensive e.DO offering, the new solution is perfect for any educational institution​ with a flexible curriculum and a cloud-based interface. It is well-suited for on-the-job upskilling as it can be programmed for nearly every welding procedure specification (WPS), allows the use of advanced welding joints and creates robotic welding simulations for nearly any position. As such, the Soldamatic and e.DO solution promises to be a milestone in proliferating robotics welding training, an accelerant to Industry 4.0 and a progressive step to fulfill the global gap in skilled manual labor.

“The collaboration with Seabery anticipates future training needs and reflects Comau’s ongoing commitment to developing innovative, hands-on training opportunities,” said Ezio Fregnan, business director at Comau Academy & Education. “Thanks to the powerful combination of augmented reality and the e.DO educational robot, we are helping fill an important skills gap while empowering students with the know-how needed to pursue a career in robotics welding.”

“Soldamatic welding training simulation was invented to address the critical global shortage of welders and appeal to a new generation of welding students,” said Ignacio Zalvide, product management director at Seabery. “With Soldamatic simulators in welding labs in more than 80 countries, robotic welding training has emerged as a clear and logical progression in our patented welding skills training. Our partnership with Comau e.DO is an opportunity to amplify our robotic welding training solution by partnering with the leader in industrial automation who is also equally passionate about promoting modern, interactive and effective educational tools for younger generations.”

For more details on the new system, download a product brochure here.


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