International Diploma in Robot Welding at the Basic Level (IRW-B) - 200 h


Theoretical Hours

200 h


English, German and Chinese


This course covers educational materials dedicated to the training of personnel involved in the Qualification action according to IIW Guideline IAB-348-13: "Minimum requirements for education, training, examination and qualification" and are related to robotic welding. The course has been developed within the specific activity of the E+ project 2014-1-RO01-KA202-002913 - acronym: FUTUREWELD, which is a project co-financed by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission.


To provide the theoretical content of the robotic welding process, which is necessary for the qualification examination.


It can be viewed in the Simulator and in Soldamatic e-Learning in PDF format.

Welding process:


Module 1: International Diploma in Robot Welding at the Basic Level (IRW-B)

1.1 Basics of education for mechanized, orbital and robot welding personnel

1.2 Mechanization and automation levels in welding

1.2.1 General aspects on mechanization of welding processes

1.2.2 Terminology related to welding

1.2.3 Fundamentals on applying welding processes

1.3 Basics of mechanized welding

1.3.1 Introduction

1.3.2 Advantages of welding mechanization

1.4 Basics of orbital welding

1.4.1 Fundamentals of orbital welding

1.4.2 Advantages of orbital welding

1.5 Basics of robot welding

1.5.1 Fundamentals of robot welding

1.5.2 Seam-tracking systems for robot

1.5.3 Other components in robot welding


2.1 Introduction to quality assurance in welding

2.1.1 The concept of quality and quality assurance advantages

2.1.2 The implementation of a quality system

2.2 Quality assurance and quality standards in welding

2.2.1 Quality standards in welding: EN ISO 3834, ISO 9001 etc. Quality standards in welding: ISO 9001 Quality standards in welding: ISO 3834 (series) Other standards used for welding quality control

2.2.2 Quality control during manufacturing Weld Joints Quality levels Inspection and Testing Plan - ITP Welding sequence Welding coordination and inspection personnel Welding Procedure Specification - WPS Approval of Welding Procedures

2.2.3 Quality control in mechanized, orbital and robot welding

2.3 Basics of productivity, quality and economy in welding

2.4 Qualification of mechanized, orbital and robot welding personnel

2.4.1 ISO 14732

2.4.2 Methods of monitoring, control and storage of fabrication data


3.1 Basics of robotics and robot welding systems

3.1.1 Basics of robotics (basics of joint axis robots for welding)

3.1.2 Robot systems

3.1.3 Structures of robot welding systems Welding Equipment Welding Consumables Material handling tables External axes Flexible Manufacturing Systems – FMS, Flexible Manufacturing Unit – U, Computer Integrated Manufacturing – CIM and Flexible Manufacturing Factory – FMF

3.1.4 Health and safety considerations in robot systems Hazards caused by robots Workers at Risk Types of Injuries Safety measures

3.2 Robot programming in welding and efficient use

3.2.1 Arc welding processes for robot welding Gas Metal Arc welding Gas Tungsten Arc welding

3.2.2 Other welding processes for robot welding (resistance, laser) Resistance welding Laser welding

3.2.3 Programming of robot Online Programming Teach Pendants Offline Programming Structure and Syntax of Robot Program Coding

3.2.4 Programming of welding robot Entering welding routines Arc sensing Proper orientation of parts for programming and welding Torch and wrist alignment procedures Robot and system error recovery

3.2.5 Seam tracking systems and sensors in robot welding Geometry-oriented Sensors Process-oriented Sensors Vision systems Force/Torque Sensors

3.2.6 Multi robot welding systems Requirements for multi robot welding in welding fabrication Characteristics and examples of multi robot welding systems Manufacturing Systemsv

3.2.7 Offline programming and graphic simulation in robot welding OLP basic OLP requirements Available OLP solutions Work cell simulation Calibration of simulation model, downloading and testing of robot program

3.3 Joint preparation for robot welding

3.3.1 Types of Joints

3.3.2 Edge Characteristics

3.4 Maintenance

3.4.1 History and definition of maintenance

3.4.2 Maintenance Types

3.4.3 Preventive maintenance in robot welding systems

3.4.4 Daily maintenance routines

3.4.5 Troubleshooting

3.5 Risk Analysis