Updated: Apr 6

Novarc SWB
Novarc SWB

Novarc’s Spool Welding Robot (SWR), a collaborative welding robot is designed specifically for pipe, small pressure vessel, and other types of roll welding. Being a collaborative robot, the SWR combats the shortage of highly qualified welders by working with a less experienced operator to significantly improve shop productivity, and produce high quality welds every single time.

When you see a solution like Novarc’s Spool Welding Robot, there are sure to be questions. So we’ve compiled the 10 most frequently asked questions on our collaborative robot to answer for you.

What floor footprint is required for the SWR?

With a 4′ x 4′ base, the SWR has the smallest footprint in the industry compared to solutions that can take up to 7′ x 30′ of your shop floor. Therefore, it does not cannibalize shop floor space and it won’t interfere with production flow.

What size of pipe can be welded with the SWR? What type of pipes does the SWR weld?

The SWR can weld pipes from 2” to 60” with appropriate positioners. It is capable of welding slip-on flanges, Tees, elbows, reducers, and more.

Which welding process can be used?

The single torch SWR uses GMAW or MCAW from root to cap. The dual torch SWR uses GMAW or MCAW for root, and MCAW or FCAW for fill and cap. The SWR uses modified short-circuit waveform on the root, that is STT, RMD or LSC. TIG is currently not offered with the SWR.

What power sources can be used with the SWR? Can I use my existing power source?

Available power source options are Lincoln PowerWave® R450, Miller Auto-Continuum™ 500, and Fronius TPS 400i LSC Advanced. All units