As the world reopens, the accelerated pace of automation will likely not only pick back up in the United States – it could begin to move even faster.
- Post Date: October 7, 2020
My first job was in the Hughes welding research lab and I loved it. But my lab experience started as a youngster going to my mom’s radiation mutation genetics lab at UT Austin.
Plasma welding is a wonderful process for welding automation. Plasma torches protect the tungsten, collimate or focus the arc plus allow to use of powdered filler materials rather than just wires. These features make plasma the welding process of choice for overlay and joining in many applications.
One of my hobbies is teaching. I have been blessed with many great teachers over my life and feel obligated to share what I have learned. I teach kayaking, self-defense, welding, race track driving, and robotics, which is today’s topic.
In my 40 years as a roboticist, I have seen robots become simpler, cheaper, and more capable. They have evolved to the point of nearly being a commodity. But a robot needs tooling, software, fixturing, and ancillary process equipment to become a good robotic system.
Dr. Stefan Kreuzer has seen his fellow surgeons shrug at advancements involving robots in surgery.
If they can drive home without a GPS, why involve robots in a process that already leads to a good outcome?