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Can welding robots become a rival for skilled welders?

There’s a current, simple-to-automate welding robot launching in November, and for many in the industry, it comes not a moment too soon. That’s because there exist massive labor shortages in the American welding sector. 

The robot, called the BotX Welder, is a direct response to industry hiring problems, along with the persistent challenge faced by fabrication companies in producing precision parts in small batches. It’s also a feat of engineering and a good instance of how automation companies are presently standing on the shoulders of a generation of developers who created the fundamental technology that’s presently being deployed to address specific industrial challenges.

Many people didn’t believe that collective robots could carry out such heavy-duty tasks as welding, says Rob Goldiez, co-founder of Hirebotics. We understood the need for an answer for small and medium-sized metal fabricators trying to find welders.

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In developing their robot, Hirebotics turned to Universal Robots, maker of multi-access collective robot arms. Those robots are extra typically associated with precision light-duty tasks, such as components manufacturing. However, Hirebotics is showing that a robot similar to the URe have to grip some brawny tasks while proposing significant benefits over heavier duty industrial automation technology.

Namely, collective robots are easy to teach, as they are planned to be task agnostic and speedily deployable in a variety of industries and settings. Universal Robots also builds its products on an uncovered plan, which permits for custom growth.

We chose Universal Robots e-Series line for several reasons, says Goldiez. With Universal Robots uncovered plan, we were able to control, not only wire feed speediness and voltage, however, torch angle as well, which ensures a quality weld every time, he says. UR’s uncovered system also allowed us to build a cloud-based software answer that permits us to ensure a client is continuously running with the new features at no charge, explains the Hirebotics co-founder. 

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Hirebotics is pairing that ease of programming with another value proposition: Leveraging an increasingly popular as-a-operation model, which we are seeing in various automation sectors, all at once autonomous mobile robots, clients will not have to assume ownership costs or the danger of obsolescence.

You have to hire and fire BotX as your enterprise needs dictate, explains Goldiez.

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The firm gave an instance of how a robot like this might be deployed in the form of a Wisconsin fabricator, PMI LLC. 

A large order would mean, we require to hire - welders to fulfill it – and they are just not out there, says VP of Operations at PMI, Erik Larson. Therefore, we would No Bid contracts on a regular basis. With the BotX answer, we presently quote that work and have been awarded contracts, so it has actually assisted grow our business.

As we have written, we are a big fan of automation that provides deployable answers to pressing, albeit often unsexy problems. This is a great instance of how robots are speediness nonetheless quietly becoming an essential fragment of the enterprise.

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