On Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 pm, Dan Allford lead a session at AWS Welding Houston.
Collaborative robots or cobots are designed to be safe to work near people.
This unique feature opens up new applications for robots. One of these areas is welding and plasma cutting. Using case studies, Dan discusses where cobots might be applied and where they should not.
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On Thursday, August 30th at 11:00 am, Dan Allford lead a session at AWS Welding Summit 2019.
“When correctly applied robots save money and improve quality. When misapplied the robot becomes an expensive dust collector. Using case histories Dan will discuss how to determine when and if a project is economical to automate. Topics include initial robot cost, programming costs, filler material savings, safety, part accuracy, joint configuration, production volumes and technological competency necessary to succeed.”
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Engineering 360: Robotics and AI in welding: A conversation with Dan Allford of ARC Specialties
Based in Houston, ARC Specialties Inc. is a designer of automated welding solutions. The company recently launched its Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding (AIPW) system, which employs a six-axis collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots (UR), giving it capabilities rivaling that of a “golden arm” expert welder.
Engineering360 got the chance to talk with Dan Allford, ARC Specialties’ founder and president, about its use of robotics in welding. Allford is a lifetime member of the American Welding Society (AWS), who holds several patents in the field of welding automation.
The Fabricator: Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System from ARC Specialties combines AI, sensors, and cobot
ARC Specialties has developed the Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System (AIPW), which incorporates the 6-axis UR5 collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots to carry out full-penetration, single-sided, V butt pipe welds. The robot arm is portable but allows full freedom of motion for the laser scanner and welding torch.
The Fabricator: Could GTAW hot-wire go mainstream?
Consider an automated pipe welding application. Most likely you’d use a wire-fed gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process for the root pass, then stop and switch to a flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) or submerged arc welding (SAW) process for the fill and cap passes. You’d do this by either moving the pipe to a separate weld station or by swapping out the power sources and torch setup
It’s a common procedure, to be sure, but it does take time. Thing is, why not just keep the automated GTAW power source, wire feed, and torch—and heat the wire instead of using separate processes for the root and fill passes? Why not just use the GTAW hot-wire (GTAW-HW) process? It’s not a far-out notion considering the historical success of GTAW-HW in the oil and gas industry, particularly with cladding.
Sure, this doesn’t apply to certain pipe welding applications, and GTAW-HW can’t outpace the deposition rates of, say, twin or tandem SAW. But it’s really not a simple matter of one welding process outpacing another. Keeping the same equipment for all weld passes in a pipe weld eliminates changeover, simplifies operator training, and takes up less floor space.
Low deposition rates and slow travel speeds have been GTAW’s Achilles’ heel. Across manufacturing, if a plant has automated its GTAW, via robotics or otherwise, it’s likely because stringent weld quality requirements demand it and throughput requirements are too great for manual processes. But GTAW need not be slow, and therein lies GTAW-HW’s true potential.
Texas Business Radio: DAN ALLFORD – ARC SPECIALTIES
Jay Curry: Hello, Texas. Welcome to Texas Business Radio. Wow, we’ve got a great program. We’re going to be talking about robotics. We have some experts. We have some companies that have been implementing them. This is going to be a fun hour, and I’m excited to be here.
All right, let’s get started. Our very first guest is a dandy, Dan Allford, who is the president of Arc Specialties. You talked about somebody that knows, I mean really knows robotics, Dan’s the man. Dan, thanks for joining us.
Dan Allford: Appreciate this opportunity to be here.
Jay Curry: Well, this is going to be a lot of fun, so let’s start with just tell us about what Arc Specialties all about.
Dan Allford: Arc Specialties is a robot integration company here in Houston. We’ve been doing this since 1990. What an integrator does is they take a robot and applies it to a specific problem that a customer may have. That may be welding, painting, grinding, whatever, inspection, because a robot alone won’t solve the problem, and that’s when you bring the integrator in.
Houston Chronicle: Making robots creates jobs at Houston company
Here’s the most important thing to know about robots: Humans make them. And the humans who make the best robots make a lot of money.
We hear a lot about losing jobs to robots, but we’ve been through technological revolutions before. More than half of Americans worked in agriculture before the Industrial Revolution, while today less than 2 percent produce most of our food. Humans are tool makers, and eliminating manual, rote and thankless tasks is in our genes…
Read the full article at the Houston Chronicle: