The jobs at ARC Specialties keep getting bigger and so do the robots.
- Post Date: November 22, 2021
Robots can’t weld/paint/cut/or grip a part that they can’t reach. An envelope study or reach study is one of the most basic steps in the design of a system. Yet even today with advanced tools like Robotmaster offline programming software we still see systems fail when envelope limitations are not considered.
ARC Specialties hosts our First Friday Lunch the first Friday of the month, and if you are in town with extend an invitation to drop by and visit. This month’s event was lead with a presentation from one our programmers, Zachary Freeman, on our 7-axis GTA hot wire cladding system, ARC-5 Infinity.
All of the indicators that I watch are pointing towards a strong year-end and a great 2022. Our backlog is up 5X, we are hiring, and as you can see from the photos below, the ARC Specialties First Friday Lunch is BACK in a big way. Today we had 15 guests from all over the industry, spirits were high, and the conversation was positive.
It amazes me how many robotic welding applications are still done without sensors and software to adapt to part variations. Without adaptive control, you need precise part shape and placement, plus a precise tool center point (TCP) or you produce bad welds.
Jim is too modest. His automatic gaging and welding software is too cool. Rather than the 2 programs which were originally necessary, Jim created a single adaptive program that uses touch work to determine the position AND version of the part. Using this data Jim’s program adapts to any dimensional inaccuracies.