Robots Improve Efficiency and Worker Safety on Transocean Oil Rigs
- Post Date: February 28, 2023
I have worked in manufacturing in Houston, Texas for the last 43 years. I can pick up the phone and get advice, equipment, and referrals if I’m ever in a jam. This cooperation is present even among competitors here in Houston. I love this country!
I have benefited from this open, supportive attitude for my entire career. So I always agree to host tours of ARC Specialties to show others how Dave Hebble conducts research in our lab. William Saxton and the other engineers design our machines. How John Tovar and the machinists make the parts. How Esteban Vazquez and the welders fabricate the machines. How Joe Lopez and the technicians assemble these machines. How Kevin Sevcik and the programmers write the code. And finally, how Nicholas Augustine, John Martin, and the other project managers put it all together.
Yesterday, the Greater Houston Manufacturers Association visited ARC Specialties for lunch and a facility tour. They saw robots working on drill ships, sand screen machines that make 100 welds per second, a mobile welding robot that goes and finds work, ultrasonic inspection robots, and additive manufacturing printing 50 pounds of steel per hour!
If you would like a tour, please contact me.
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When you install a single tool on a robot’s wrist, you limit your ‘bot to just one function. Multiple tools allow robots to do more. Automatic tool changers are the enabling technology. To show you how I’m showcasing one of John Martin‘s latest projects, this is a double robot bolting system with many unique challenges.
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.
In April ARC Specialties committed to the September 2021 Fabtech tradeshow in Chicago. We did not know what to expect. Would the show be canceled, would anyone attend? Watch the video below for my AAR. Spoiler: we were relieved that the show DID go on. And pleasantly surprised by the number of attendees.
Eight is (much) greater than six when it comes to robot axes. In this episode, we showcase how a two-axis part positioner with coordinated motion will allow your six-axis robot to do things no human can.