An information and simulation framework for increased quality in welded components

R. Söderberg, K. Wärmefjord, J. Madrid, S. Lorin, A. Forslund, L. Lindkvist. CIRP Annals, Online 24 May, 2018.


The recent trend toward using simulation models with real-time data as digital twins is rapidly increasing in industry. In this paper, a digital framework supporting real-time geometrical quality control of welded components, is presented. The concept is based on a structured process model for all operations included in typical welding, strategies for selective assembly, automatic adjustment of fixtures and optimization of weld sequence. The concept utilizes recently developed algorithms for fast welding simulation and in-line scanning to be used in the optimization loop of an automated welding station—a digital twin for a welding cell.


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