problem for North American weld manufactures is the shortage of
skilled trades. Manual welders are frequently in short supply. The aggressive
growth in arc welding robots is also aggravating the MIG weld employment issues. Many
manufactures of welded parts are at or will soon be at a manpower crossroad. The
training paths that these companies select can have an important influence on their
future prosperity and growth.
Many manufacturing managers learn the hard way that when it comes to MIG welding that,
robots do not have the same ability as the welders. Yes a MIG robot can readily
produce superior weld quality than any manual welder, however this only occurs
when the robot programmer has the required the necessary MIG weld process control data
and of course has of robot programming expertise.
When reviewing the welding workforce requirements, a company that produces welded
parts has several options.
[a] Should the company keep its workforce
at the same size and provide more welding automation?
[b] Should the
company rely on the local community trade school to provide the skills its
[c] Should the company move or open a new facility in
another state or country, such as China, Mexico or Brazil?
Perhaps your company could use a logical and cost effective approach
to enhancing weld productivity and minimizing weld rework. The company could use
one of Ed's unique, customized weld best practices and
process control training courses or resources. The resources
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robot / manual weld efficiency from your existing workforce or weld automation.