The defense industry is a demanding sector of the economy that constantly explores and expands the boundaries of engineering designs and high-precision manufacturing technologies. Advanced robotic welding has become a necessity to meet the strict requirements for precision parts with extremely tight tolerances. ARC Specialties is a leader in automated welding technology with a line of robotic welding solutions designed to meet these exacting defense industry guidelines.
The global aerospace and defense industry continue to strengthen as demands for heightened security and growing defense budgets are driving industry expansion. Advancement in defense technologies is a key part of the success of the defense sector. Innovative precision welding techniques play an important role as engineering designs require parts with enhanced material properties and tight tolerance requirements that leave no margin for error.
To keep pace with the demands of the defense industry, new welding and automation techniques have been developed, and old welding techniques have been improved.
Friction Stir Plating
Friction stir plating is a cutting-edge technology to conduct plating repair without the need for toxic chemicals. This means high strength aircraft components can be repaired in situ with robotic welding. Prior to this development, disassembly was required and replating was done with the use of toxic chemicals resulting in a lengthy repair process with elevated safety risks.
Metal Additive Manufacturing
One of the game-changing manufacturing techniques is the use of metal rather than plastic. ARC Specialties has the expertise to build precision parts using titanium, steel, stainless steel, chromium, aluminum, tungsten, and molybdenum-rhenium alloys.
Buried Arc Welding
Buried arc welding is not a new technique for material joining, but when this process is enhanced with precision motion control, the results are dramatic. When performing buried arc welding of aluminum, robotic welding technology can reduce the number of passes tenfold and increase weld deposition by 400%.
Full Penetration Welding
Rocket engines are another defense industry technology must be manufactured to exacting specifications. By utilizing the stable properties of inert gas to conduct full penetration welding, defect-free parts can be produced to ensure optimal rocket engine performance.
Tactical teams are known for their speed and precision. The welding techniques necessary to manufacture their tactical vehicles must deliver the same. Robotic welding for all suspension components of a single vehicle together on a fixture is a process that facilitates expedited production, minimized inventory, and heightened manufacturing efficiency.
The defense industry relies on robotic welding to manufacture complex parts quickly and with incredible precision. As a leader in automated welding technology and material joining techniques, ARC Specialties has the extensive experience required to meet the strict guidelines for the defense industry. Our team of welding experts work with customers to develop innovative solutions for each specific need.
Learn more about ARC Specialties and our line of robotic welding products here!