AWL has developed fully automated welding solutions for the production of prefabricated sprinkler pipes. A sprinkler system can automatically extinguish an incipient fire locally, protecting buildings and people from the effects of fire. Because the systems only spray water on the site of the fire, damage is kept to a minimum and a safe escape is possible. More and more office buildings, public buildings and even houses are equipped with sprinkler systems.
The most effective way of laying a sprinkler system is by using prefabricated sprinkler pipes. Depending on where they are installed, these pipes have a connection for a sprinkler head in exactly the right place, and assembly on the construction site can be performed quickly and effectively. AWL has developed several fully automated welding solutions for the production of these sprinkler pipes.
AWL’s welding machine has a freely programmable ability to weld a connection at any desired position of the pipe. Robots work together to cut the hole in the pipe, removing the cutting waste, placing the connecting nipple and then welding it. The high weld quality prevents water leakage. Often, up to 30 different kinds of connection nipples can be chosen, depending on the type of nipple and the diameter of the pipe.
Users of our welding machines can generate production lists from the drawing room, which are then directly loaded into the machine control. The pipes only then need to be loaded into the machine. The machine measures the pipes, retrieves the corresponding order from the production list, and then produces this pipe fully automatically. Each pipe may then be different. Of course, marking the pipes is also an option. Together with the intelligent programming of the robots, the machine’s robust software ensures a very stable and reliable production system.
In addition to the welding of the pipes, solutions are also available or shortening the pipes, and deburring and grooving the pipe ends, for example.