This paper reviews the Weldex exhibition held at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2003. Highlights of the show included VirtualArc from ABB, which is able to predict weld conditions using physics of the arc, the hybrid MSG‐laser welding process from Cloos and a new spot weld‐specific Motoman robot. Several manufacturers displayed off‐the‐shelf “plug and weld” cells including Cloos, Fanuc and Autotech Robotics. Servo controlled guns were also featured by Motoman Robotics and Rexroth Bosch. The latter also promoted its ultrasonic weld monitoring systems that integrate with Rexroth's medium frequency welding systems for high quality assurance spot welding. Finally, a new laser seam tracker from Micro Epsilon is described.
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