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Are Welders Being Replaced by Robots?

Robotics and technology have made extensive advancements in the past decade. The recent push has been to improve their software and make them even “smarter”.

 

Robots are designed to perform very specific repetitive tasks. But, no matter how smart they get, they will never compare to the creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving skills of a welder.  Robots will always be tools for our welders to use, not replacements!

 

Robots cannot come up with new innovative ideas, perform a large variety of detailed tasks, or solve an issue when something goes wrong. They have many advantages, but these disadvantages keep our welders relevant and in high demand.

 

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Challenges come in when companies refuse to move and change with technology.  Human welders need to be comfortable with the addition of automation and not fearful of it taking their jobs.  Old fashioned manual welding techniques and outdated equipment can make life a hassle.  Here at Bancroft Engineering, we have modern techniques, top of the line equipment, and some of the highest skilled employees in their fields, ensuring your job exceeds expectations.

 

Keeping an opened mind with new advancements in technology ensures the success of our company. Purchasing our top of the line products ensures the success of yours!

 

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Welding Equipment Upgrades and Retrofits

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Your welding equipment’s performance decreases and starts to deteriorate from many years of operation, breakdowns, lack of operation, and just simply being outdated. Any of the following can take a toll on the equipment making it inoperable and a risk to productivity. A solution to this is to, retrofit your current machine with updated controls or to completely rebuild the older machine. Bancroft Engineering offers these services on all of your arc welding systems and on all other OEM’s, whether that is on-site or at our manufacturing location.

 

Bancroft’s Engineering Service Team provides onsite services that consist of: evaluations of the equipment, troubleshooting, repairs, and developing procedures. We also specialize in on-site or in-house retrofits, as well as in-house rebuilds of your machines. These techniques help your company stay productive and upgrade your arc welding equipment to prevent losing any further productivity.

 

Some benefits to having your machines upgraded and retrofitted are:

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  • Improves machine productivity
  • Improves equipment reliability
  • Reduces future maintenance costs
  • Modernizes and extends the life of the equipment

 

Our team is dedicated to helping your company stay productive and bring your equipment up to speed. If the retrofit takes longer than expected, our team can ship your machine to our manufacturing location where we have access to our extensive inventory. If retrofitting is not what you need, but instead decide to have it rebuilt, Bancroft’s Engineering Service Team will build it at our location, ship it to you, and install the machine.

 

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LEAVE MANUAL WELDING IN THE PAST & WELCOME AUTOMATION

Welding is a fundamental part of almost every manufacturing industry and metal product production today.  The process of welding dates back to the 19th century, where manual welding was first introduced.  It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the first robot was used in a spot welding application for the automotive industry.  And later, in the 1980’s where robotic welding started to gain popularity in many manufacturing facilities around the world.

 

Today, the benefits of welding automation have become more widely recognized.  Even more advancements in robotic welding technology are being used that are allowing manufacturers in every industry to increase production, cut costs, increase worker safety, conserve material, and much more.

 

Manual welding has become a process of the past!   Automation has taken over and here’s why:

 

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Programming Ease:  Robotic welding systems have simple interactive interfaces on a teach pendant making programming a breeze for anyone willing to learn.

 

Multiple Tasks:  Robots can easily be programmed to weld a variety of different parts.  It’s even possible that a robotic cell can move from one part to another very quickly.

 

Operator Ease:  Learning the manual welding trade takes years of practice and training.   On top of that, it’s a dangerous and taxing job.  Automation systems remove the hazards of the process.  Robotic welding operators only have to load parts and press the correct button to run the job.

 

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Increase ROI:  The cost of a robotic welding system has dropped greatly over the last 10 years.  Not only has cost gone down, but also system accuracy, speed, and software technology have been improved, making a robotic system purchase a fast return on investment.

 

Any Part Size:  Whether your parts are large, small, or have complex geometries, robots have the ability to weld with accuracy.

 

Increase Production: Unlike people, robots don’t require breaks.  Robotic welding systems can run without interruption, therefore, increasing your productivity and throughput.

 

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Fewer Mistakes:  Even the most experienced welder makes mistakes.  Robotic systems are highly accurate, meaning there will be less wasted time and material.

 

Bancroft Engineering has extensive experience in metal fabrication and can customize a robotic welding system to fit your requirements.

 

Our team of engineers works with you every step of the way to provide a fully or semi-automated solution.  Our industrial welding experience provides us with the ability to engineer the best possible solution for almost any welding application.

 

To discuss your specific needs, contact the Bancroft team today. 

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