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1. (WO2017040257) HYBRID MANUAL AND AUTOMATED WELDING

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040257    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/048917
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Aug 27 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B23K 9/02
B23K 9/095
B23K 9/12
B23K 37/02
Applicants: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
Inventors: HSU, Christopher
SIGL, Dennis
BANKSTAHL, Herbert A.
Title: HYBRID MANUAL AND AUTOMATED WELDING
Abstract:
Hybrid manual and automated welding systems and methods are described. A hand-held welding tool is manually positioned to engage a workpiece. A weld is started from an initial position based on a first manual operator event. A welding heat source is automatically or autonomously moved along the weld relative to the workpiece from the first position to a second position relative to the workpiece during welding.