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AWS D16 Committee on

Robotic and Automatic Arc


Welding
May 24, 2011 NRAWC UPDATE
Milwaukee, WI

Officers and Support


Chair: Jeffrey Noruk, Servo Robot Corp
Vice Chair: Vern Mangold, KaySafety
2nd Vice Chair: Larry Gross, MATC
Secretary: Brian McGrath
Support Staff: Sara Vidal

Background
Committee Formed in 1985
Foundation for Committee Spearheaded by John
Hinrichs, Formerly with A. O. Smith Corporation,
Now with Friction Stir Link, Incorporated

Reports to the AWS Technical Activities


Committee (TAC)

Defined as a D Committee for Equipment


Typically Meets Two - Three Times Annually

Overview of Publications
D16.1, Specification for Robotic Arc Welding Safety

Draft Initiated in 1988


Effort Joined by NEMA in 1989
Effort Tabled in 1992 Awaiting Robotic Industry Association (RIA) Action
2004 - First Edition Published
PINS Submitted for Second Edition

D16.2, Guide for Components of Robotic and Automatic Arc Welding


Installations

1994 - First Edition Published


2001 - Revised and Second Edition Published
2007 Revised and Third Edition Published

Arc Welding with Robots -- Dos and Donts Published in 1996


D16.3, Risk Assessment Guide for Robotic Arc Welding
2001 - First Edition Published
2009 Second Edition Published

Overview of Publications
D16.4, Specification for Qualification of Robotic Arc Welding Personnel
1999 - First Edition Published
2005 Second Edition Published
PINS Submitted for Third Edition

D16.1
Specification for Robotic Arc
Welding Safety

D16.1 Description
Establishes Safety Requirements in the Following:

Design
Manufacturing
Maintenance
Operation of Robot Arc Welding Systems and Ancillary Equipment

Helps to Identify and Minimize Hazards Involved in the Following:


Maintenance
Integration
Operations of Robot Arc Welding Systems

Harmonized with R15.06 Robot Safety Requirements by the RIA


Harmonized with ISO Standards
Jurisdiction Questions Addressed

The Role of AWS Identified

D16.2
Guide for Components of Robotic
and Automatic Arc Welding
Installations

D16.2 Description
Provides Performance Recommendations for

Evaluating Components of Typical Robotic or


Automatic Arc Welding Installations

Emphasizes the Welding Interface Role


Identifies Specific Components

Outlines Electrical Interface Requirements


Provides Basic Schematic Layout
Addresses Minimum Safety Requirements

Arc Welding with Robots -Dos and Donts


Pamphlet Style Document
Pocket Reference Guide
Based on AWS Technical Report
Highlights Industry Best Practices
Makes Heavy Use of Graphics

D16.3
Risk Assessment Guide for Robotic
Arc Welding

D16.3 Description
Emphasizes the Protocol Method of Risk
Assessment

Assists in the Design of Risk Assessments for


Robotic Arc Welding Operations

Provides Guidance for Field Risk Assessment


Helps Quantify Risks and Hazards in Operations

D16.4
Specification for the Qualification
of Robotic Arc Welding Personnel

D16.4 Description
Provides Requirements for the Qualification of Robotic Arc Welding Support
Personnel on Three Levels:
Level 1: CRAW-L1
Level 2: CRAW-O

Level 3: CRAW-T

Conforms to AWS Certification Requirements and Works in Conjunction with


AWS QC19 and the Certification Program

Establishes Minimum Academic and Hands On Robot Welding Acumen


Describes Testing Requirements
Assists in Obtaining Credentials for Certification

AWS Certification Program for


Robotic Arc Welding
AWS Credentials
Operator and Technician
CRAW Levels of Expertise
Written Examination
Hands-On Examination

Current Term Accomplishments


Established CRAW testing program
Developed testing and training suppliers:
ABB, Milwaukee Area Tech College, Wolf
Robotics, Lincoln Electric & Genesis
Systems
Successfully revised and published AWS
D16.3M/D16.3:2009
Successfully revised and published AWS
D16.2M/D16.2:2007

Current Term Accomplishments


Co-Sponsor along with AWS Milwaukee

Section of the National Robotic Arc


Welding Conference. Next one to be held
May 23-25, 2011

Future Committee Activities


Revise D16.1
Revise D16.4
Expand the Robot Application Base
Expand the Scope to Other Welding
Processes
Become active with the ISO 10218
Committee for Robot Safety

Future Committee Activities


Provide outreach at the AWS section level

to raise awareness of the CRAW program


Continue to work with member companies
to incorporate CRAW certification into
supplier specifications
Continue to pursue new D16 Committee
members from the user community

New Documents and Projects


Standardized Safety Signage for Arc

Welding Robots
Update the Dos and Donts Pamphlet
CRAW Training Course
Welding Robot Safety Video
Completion of Welding Robot Applications
Video