PROWELD: an off-line welding robot programming package with an interactive graphical interface

Balkan T., Arikan M., Bulut M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MATERIALS & PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY, vol.12, pp.364-372, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.364-372
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A PC-based interactive software package for low-level programmers is developed the for off-line programming of robots for welding, and is evaluated for are welding using a six-degree of freedom industrial robot. The package is also capable of simulating the process graphically. Weld trajectories are either determined by making use of user input three-dimensional weld seam drawings, or can be extracted from three-dimensional workpiece drawings. A module is developed for easy weld seam input, which also makes use of open-architecture libraries for classical weld geometries. The software package consists of modules for automatic selection of welding machine and robot programming parameters by making use of open-architecture libraries. The user can also override and input these parameters manually, whenever required.