We read article after article stating the biggest problem for fab shops is the difficulty filling skilled-labor jobs. In May of 2017, Industry Week posted that an estimated 2.7 million jobs are likely to be needed as a result of retirements of the existing workforce, while over 700,000 jobs are likely to be created due to natural business growth. The article continues to explain there’s a perception or stigma that manufacturing is outdated, legacy work that is of little interest to the new breed of workers and the skilled-labor shortage has turned into a perfect storm threatening to impeded a manufacturer’s ability to deliver on customer demand.
Here are a few common responses that we hear regarding dedicated, traditional robotic cells:
We run small batches of parts that would take too long to program on a robot.
I don’t have enough work or I can’t afford to keep a full time robot programmer on staff.
Takes up too much floor space, too expensive, and too complicated.
Manufacturing is a competitive industry. Domestic manufacturers have been competing with overseas manufacturers for decades, which often offer lower cost labor. With competition high and approximately 96.4 percent of U.S. manufacturers qualifying as small businesses, per the U.S. Census Bureau, they are turning toward automation for leaner operations.
Automation Increases Productivity
Automation delivers higher productivity and is represented in various applications including robotics. According to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), end-to-end automation in manufacturing can double or even triple throughput. With automation, the equipment can also keep running, giving these manufacturers a competitive edge.
Cladding is a key part of corrosion protection in several vital industries. However, most cladding machines can only deposit material at a rate of two or three pounds per hour. For busy companies, this rate is simply too slow and can cause a bottleneck in production schedules. Fortunately, ARC Specialties has introduced four new cladding system models precisely engineered for high speed cladding. All four of these models deposit material at a speedy eight pounds per hour, representing a giant leap beyond older, slower systems.
With traditional systems, the low pound per hour deposition rate is either the result of old equipment design, or the welding procedure itself. The new ARC-5i, ARC-5PL, ARC-5XP, and ARC-5HVT cladding systems solve both of these problems with a cutting edge design that delivers Inconel® welding deposition rates up to eight pounds per hour. Inconel® 625 is the alloy of choice, it is a nickel alloy containing chromium and molybedenum that is highly resistant to corrosion. ARC’s engineering innovations and process development give ARC customers the ability to double or even triple their output with systems specifically engineered for speed, offering higher welding speeds and pre-programmed welding procedures.
The robotics team at ARC Specialties have designed, fabricated and programmed two separate robotic demonstration cells for Fabtech 2016 in Las Vegas. The RoboCell 1T will be located in the ARC Specialties booth, North Hall #5002, and the RoboCell 2P will be located in the KUKA Robotics booth, North Hall #5520.
The RoboCell 1T in the ARC Specialties booth will have a joystick that allows show attendees to try live Robotic TIG Welding on a business card holder to take home.
This company has elected to hire Brent Lindell, formerly of KUKA Robotics, as a Technical Sales professional to help increase opportunities and revenue. Lindell stated, “It is an exciting opportunity to start a new chapter in my life, and to sell robotic systems instead of just the robot.”
The team at ARC Specialties is also ready to receive the help from Lindell and are open to the changes that come with working more closely with a former vendor. Lindsay Burck, Marketing Coordinator at ARC Specialties said, “Brent is someone that ARC Specialties has come to rely on over the years for expertise in robotic technology. This company is confident that working closely with Mr. Lindell will allow the manufacturing and robotics industries to continue to thrive in Houston and worldwide.”
(WACO) – Texas State Technical College in Waco’s Welding Technology program recently received a KUKA welding robot valued at $150,000.
The gift was made by ARC Specialties in northwest Houston, a company that designs and builds automated machinery for welding, pipeline manufacturing and the oil and gas industries.
“It’s important that the students get access to the newer technology,” said Jim Walker, a welding technologist and certified welding inspector at ARC Specialties. “It doesn’t do any good if they don’t ever touch the equipment and have to learn about it once in the industry.”
Mark Watson, a TSTC Welding Technology instructor, said the robot will give students a way to learn technology they may encounter in the industry. He said a robot like the one from the company can be used in the automotive industry on assembly lines.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a packet of the new long-life contact tips from ARC Specialties on the day of the event.
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 email@example.com.