Getting started with welding automation can be a big task, especially for first-time purchasers. In order to gain the desired results and a justifiable return on investment, it’s important to get started with the right implementation process.
Semi-automated welding machines or fully automated robotic cells can offer huge advantages for fab shops such as improvements in productivity, cost savings, time savings, higher quality parts and so much more.
Trends in Fabrication
Manufacturing trends and equipment technology are constantly evolving. With 2020 now underway, it’s important for your metal fab shop leaders to stay informed and proactive! Industries such as construction, automotive, food/beverage, aerospace and military/defense are all steadily growing markets and they all depend on metal fabrication. Here are just a few metal fab trends we are noticing:
- Use of automation & semi-automation
- New research and development technology
- Reliable and intuitive production monitoring
Take the time to prepare your fab shop for automated welding success with these simple steps.
Get the Team on Board
One of the main tips we have for preparing your fabrication shop for automation is to adapt your team to the new technology. It’s crucial to consider your existing shop workers and how their jobs may be affected by the shift to robotic automation or the use of semi-automated welding equipment. We recommend you encourage opportunities for advancement, explain potential benefits and be transparent about the company’s goals. This will ensure your team is well informed and ready for the transition.
Identify & Conduct Training
Learning the skills of automation is a huge opportunity for welding professionals. Automation uses cutting-edge technology, which allows welders to gain an entirely new perspective of the manufacturing process—and the art of welding. Welding technology has improved so much over the past decade that it’s made learning automation and robotics easier than ever. With user-friendly interfaces and digital controls, automated welding equipment is designed for ease of use. Here are a few process and training elements to consider:
- Determine which project to start automating
- Select a team of welding system operators
- Utilize training programs for equipment specific applications, software, maintenance, etc..
- Address workflow shifts & action steps
- Develop a clear quality control strategy
Selecting the Right Welding Automation Partner
A professional welding automation equipment builder will have experience with different welding applications and system configurations. The team at Bancroft Engineering has highly experienced engineers and support personnel that are here to help you from first concept, design and build of the automated machine and support through the equipment’s lifecycle.
Welding Automation Equipment Builder
Bancroft Engineering designs and builds welding equipment from standalone semi-automated machinery to large, fully automated weld systems. Located in Waukesha, WI, our team of welding engineers offer full-service welding support to help you automate and optimize your process. We’d love to help you get stared—give us a call today at 262-786-1880, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.