Category: Industry

No Paid Placement! Ever!

I have enjoyed posting here on LinkedIn and Youtube. It has allowed me to reconnect with old friends and make new acquaintances. All there is in the world is people! Thanks for taking the time to watch and read.

We must be getting some traction out there on the ‘net because I have been offered money for product placement. I was flattered, but that kind of defeats the purpose, eh? If I link to a manufacturer, we have found their equipment or services useful and valuable. Money is cheap but integrity is priceless!

I assure you that the opinions and reviews I post DO represent the opinions of management at ARC Specialties!

– Dan Allford

Robots Aren’t Taking US Jobs

Elevating Manufacturing Begins with Efficiency

There’s a common misconception in the manufacturing industry that automation and robots are set to sweep in and take jobs from hard-working humans.
That simply isn’t the case. Robots aren’t here to take jobs from Americans. In fact, they are here to make companies more efficient, which keeps jobs here in America. They’re here to supplement human innovation and ingenuity.

Robots take on dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs, freeing up human labor to move upmarket and take on higher-level tasks humans excel at, such as programming.

The True Crisis in American Manufacturing

The truth is that American efficiency in manufacturing is lagging behind because of a natural inability to compete with countries with much lower labor costs.
It’s also due to a lack of available skilled labor, both in general and in manufacturing. In fact, according to a 2018 report from Deloitte, a skills gap between jobs opening from retirement and new jobs created naturally could result in 2.4 million unfilled positions by 2028.
The United States cannot compete on cheap labor, and trying to will only result in continued failure and regression. However, there is a way to successfully compete in the global manufacturing space.
In order to maintain the American standard of living and re-emerge as one of the world’s manufacturing powerhouses, the U.S. needs to engage in more widespread adoption of robots and automation.
To re-emerge as one of the world’s manufacturing powerhouses, the U.S. needs to increase the efficiency of our manufacturing.
If our workers are being paid 10 times more than workers overseas, that time needs to be that much more valuable in terms of output. We can do this via robots and automation.

How Automation Will Drive American Manufacturing Back to the Forefront

The bottom line is this – we compete in a global market. If a U.S. manufacturer cannot provide manufacturing value to match international competitors, buyers will go elsewhere.
The use of robots and automation help protect jobs in the U.S. by making manufacturers more competitive on this global scale.
Across virtually every industry, robots have driven collaboration, automation, and precision that leads to better end results.
Consider the task of arc welding. One study found that the cost to manually weld a small part is about 84 cents, but that the same part costs Chinese manufacturers around half that. Via an initial investment in automation, costs can be driven toward a more level playing field – while also freeing human labor up to tackle higher-purpose jobs.
Human labor can also leverage collaborative robots to work safely alongside these automation tools, preserving even more manufacturing jobs.
And, because efficiency rises as costs lower and workers are set up to elevate their careers and fill more skilled roles, companies are empowered to make up for that aforementioned skill gap and deliver greater customer satisfaction.

A Renaissance in American Manufacturing on the Horizon

Robots and automation are primed to help the U.S. compete at a higher level with countries that leverage cheaper labor to engineer efficiency, and that’s opening doors toward a manufacturing future that will see America begin to win again.
Robots aren’t taking American jobs. They’re creating and elevating them and, if leveraged properly, they will bring about a Renaissance in U.S. manufacturing.

Changes In Robotics for 2021

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.

Robots, which have long filled a niche in America in taking on more complex tasks, may actually begin to be leveraged more often for the dull, dirty, and dangerous. Robots have always been capable of performing simple, previously manual tasks more consistently and effectively than humans, but these jobs will need to return to the forefront for America to catch back up in the world of manufacturing and allow humans to focus on innovating.

Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties, said the pandemic and the ensuing shutdown has allowed companies across the U.S. to see that certain strategic items really should be made at home.

That includes medical supplies, green energy solutions, such as solar power and wind energy equipment, food, automobiles, and more.

“To effectively and efficiently manufacture this stuff, you need robots,” Allford said. “Robots are just another labor-saving device. In America, if we want to maintain the standard of living that we’ve grown to enjoy, we must be more efficient than the lower-wage economies of the world.

“And one way to do that is with machines and robots.”

Robots in Business

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.

I was fortunate that the field of industrial robotics started and grew just around the time I graduated in ’79. It has been a wild ride but I would not have missed it for anything.

Terry O’Connell is our partner at MarketScale our B2B marketing company which helps us with all forms of media. Terry offered to make an online training course on Robots in Business. His video team spent two days at ARC shooting the class as well as the robotic systems we had on the floor.

We focus is on how, where, and why robots are used in business. Robots are simply another labor-saving device that is essential for businesses to remain competitive particularly now that we are all part of the global economy.

I talk about history, and applications while Kevin Sevcik gets into the details of the technology which makes it work.

See: https://lnkd.in/eV7j9zy and tell me what you think. We are working on additional segments that delve into the technical details.

Next Week: Plasma Welding University
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FANUC America Features Robotic Plasma Cutting System for Metal Pipe from ARC Specialties

 

From FANUC America:

FANUC America Authorized System Integrator ARC Specialties designs and builds custom manufacturing machinery and automated systems including systems for metal welding and cutting, material handling, pick and place, test equipment and other custom applications. In this robotic system, ARC Specialties utilizes a FANUC M-710iC/20L robot to perform plasma cutting for 40-foot long sections of metal pipe.

First, a full-length pipe moves from a notched workplate to an automated infeed conveyor system. The automated in-feed conveyor indexes the pipe into the headstock cutting area, where the pipe is automatically positioned into place by chuck jaws. The system has five sets of chuck jaws that can be manually changed to accommodate pipes of varying diameter – from 0.75” to 24” in outer diameter. The six axis FANUC M-710iC/20L robot, equipped with a quick tool changer, picks up either an OAC or PAC torch from the quick tool change station. The robot uses touch sensing, as well as laser sensing to locate the nozzle parts and the pipe.

Once the pipe has been located the FANUC robot proceeds to first make a bevel cut. The headstock contains a robotic aux axis motor package and pop-up turning rolls that rotate the pipe in coordinated motion with the robot as it makes the cuts. After the bevel cut, the robot proceeds to plasma cut small and large holes into the pipe. The robot uses FANUC Constant Path, which allows it to maintain the same path regardless of static or dynamic speed override changes.

The system features simple setup – An operator simply inputs the desired cut dimensions into the HMI, presses the Go button, and the robot executes the cut. ARC Specialties’ cutting software generates robot code to execute the desired cuts based on the operator’s input, and the HMI is able to save and store these part programs. Once the FANUC robot is finished cutting, the pipe parts roll onto a gravity-fed pipe rack where they are removed from a notched work plate and finished pipe rack manually.

FANUC America Authorized System Integrator ARC Specialties transform manufacturing processes into high-quality, high-production and high profit operations. To learn more, please visithttp://www.arcspecialties.com.

 

FANUC Robotics Open House in Houston, Texas: October 19th and 20th, 2016

FANUC Robotics in Houston, Texas is hosting an Open House on October 19th and 20th. As an integrator of FANUC Robotics, the team at ARC Specialties will represent the latest in robotic and automated manufacturing technology at this event.

The Technology Workshop will include sessions on ROBOGUIDE/Offline Programming, CNC Technology and General Motion Applications, and CNC Aftermarket Support and Maintenance Overview.

Demonstrations at this event will include:

  • M-20iA/25 with FANUC Flex Gripper 3D Bin Picking
  • New M-900/280 Rigid Robot
  • CR-35iA Load/Unload
  • Robodrill with LR-Mate Load/Unload
  • M-1iA High Speed Battery Handling
  • LR-Mate 200iD/4S Relay Inspection
  • M-20iA/25 with IRVision Fenceless Assembly System

www.fanucamerica.com

+1 888-FANUC-US

Robotic Hardbanding System

This Robotic Hardbanding System is an automatic welding machine that is used for applying tungsten carbide to tool joints and pipe. The project was completed in Summer 2016, and is available for purchase from ARC Specialties in Houston, Texas.

Features

  • A dry run in the video demonstrates the torch movement during the weld program.
  • Included here is a 3-jaw-self-centering manual actuated chuck.
  • This Robotic Hardbanding System uses touch sense to calculate the diameter of the part.
  • The system then changes the speed of rotation of the part to match that diameter.
  • The laser in this system is used to show where the first bead will be welded on the part.
  • The torch cleaning station automatically cleans the nozzle, applies anti-spatter, and can be programmed to clean at any interval.
  • The carbide refill station includes semi-automatic feeder calibration and a water-cooled carbide nozzle integrated into the torch gas cup.

Robotic cells built by ARC Specialties may be customized with other robotic applications like TIG or MIG welding, plasma cutting, plasma transfer arc welding, and other manufacturing processes.

 

 

July 28th | Lunch and Learn | Featuring Talks and Demos on Hydrogen in Shielding Gas, High Deposition Welding, and Welding Contact Tip Life Extension

When: Thursday, July 28th at 11:30 am – 2:30 pmWhere: ARC Specialties, 1730 Stebbins Drive  |  Houston, Texas 77043Cost: FreeRSVP: The first 25 companies to RSVP to lindsay@arcspecialties.com will receive a packet of the new long-life contact tips from ARC Specialties on the day of the event.

Introducing ARC Gen-2 Extended-Life Wire Guides & Contact Tips

The first 25 companies to sign up for ARC Specialties Lunch and Learn on July 28th, 2016 will receive a complimentary sample packet of these Extended-Life Wire Guides / Contact Tips. To RSVP for the July 28th Lunch and Learn, please email lindsay@arcspecialties.com.

Welding Technician / Trainer Bonnie Harcrow-Hall Featured on Front Cover of Opportunity Houston Magazine

Bonnie Harcrow-Hall is Featured on Opportunity Houston Magazine Cover. The Greater Houston Partnership Focuses on Manufacturing in Houston for the Spring 2016 Edition of the Magazine.