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International competition "Robot Welding Contest" at Schweissen & Schneiden 2017

2017-09-22

Entitled "Robot Welding Contest", the German Welding Society (DVS) will continue its contest for the best weld with the aid of a robot at Schweissen & Schneiden (25-29 September in Düsseldorf). The international competition will take place in Hall 13.

 - The contestants ranked in the first places in the Robot Welding Contest will also receive, amongst other prizes, trophies with their names and the names of the manufacturers with whose robots they have carried out the welding.
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The contestants ranked in the first places in the Robot Welding Contest will also receive, amongst other prizes, trophies with their names and the names of the manufacturers with whose robots they have carried out the welding.

“We know that the field of ‘automation’ will be a top subject at Schweissen & Schneiden. Therefore, it was only consistent to place our successful competition there,” explains Rockhard Zsehra, Technical Officer in DVS who is responsible for the contest. Zsehra is expecting a lot of competition-hungry robot operators who may represent Germany or countries in Europe or beyond. “The most important prerequisite is proficiency in the English or German language,” states Zsehra, “because that simply serves safety. And of course, the participant should provide proof that he/she can operate a robot.” That should not be difficult for the experienced robot operators because they will be able to select their personal favourites from seven possible robot / welding power source combinations. Thus, they will already be familiar with the equipment from their workplaces. In the contest, the participants will, after intensive instruction, produce their test pieces within one hour and will have three attempts to do so.

Directly in situ and in front of the public, the Halle Welding Training and Research Institute in Halle (Saale) will check and assess the results submitted then. It will also carry out the theoretical qualification test. After successful participation, each programmer will receive a certificate for the operator and setter qualification test according to DIN EN ISO 14732 (DIN EN 1418). However, that will be just one of the advantages of the Robot Welding Contest: On September 28, the contestants ranked in first place on each robot will be honoured on DVS’s cooperative booth in front of the international guests at the fair and will be rewarded with vouchers for individual further education measures from the seminar portfolios of the robot manufacturers. Moreover, high-quality material prizes will await the winners.

However, DVS has come up with yet another special feature about which Dipl.-Ing. Rockhard Zsehra is very pleased: “This time, taking part in the competition will not be in vain even without a ranked place: Because each robot welder will receive a DVS membership for one year as a gift.” Thus, all the participants will profit, for example, from access to DVS’s set of technical rules free of charge and from special conditions at DVS events.
 
So that every programmer beyond Germany’s borders can learn about the Robot Welding Contest, there is the Internet appearance in German and English with all the information and the application form at www.dvs-ev.de/robot and www.dvs-ev.de/robot-en respectively.