A physical inspection of their fabrication plant is almost a pre-requisite for hiring sheet metal workers on a long-term basis. You'll likely be more confident with your choice of fabrication specialist if you get to see and have a feel of how they work.
The number of specialists that use robots for their welding processes might surprise you and leave you questioning how you stand to benefit from this. Here are a few answers
Lower Cost Of Fabrication Products
This is perhaps the most significant advantage. The cost of finished products from the metal worker is likely to be cheaper than that of products welded manually. Robotic welding helps to bring down operational costs for metal fabricators by a significant margin in the following ways:
- Robots eliminate the possibility of common human mistakes that increase the cost of welding. Over-welding is a common example. By eliminating the possibility of this mistake, robotic welding reduces the wastage of sheet metal during fabrication. Metal fabricators therefore get to make significant savings on the cost of raw materials.
- Robotic welding reduces the number of sheet metal workers needed for the plant to remain operational. Thus, the fabrication plant spends less on wages, salaries and allowances for its employees.
- Robotic welding is faster than the manual welding process. By reducing the turn-around time for each welded sheet of metal, the plant improves its productivity and profitability
The combination of these factors easily translates into a more affordable final product, assuming that other aspects of the fabrication process remain constant.
The Guarantee Of Expertise
One can rightly argue that there's a shortage of specialist welders in Australia. In 2014, the state secretary in Queensland acknowledged that there was a scarcity of specialist Australian welders. This acknowledgement came after most welders who applied for work at the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) projects in Curtis Island failed the tests administered by the contracting firm.
If this is anything to go by, you should have reasonable doubt about the level of expertise you'll get from a plant whose welding processes are not automated.
Kinetiq Teaching is a simple technique that allows welders to program and operate robots for the job at hand even without prior experience. Thus, robotic welding might provide more of a guarantee that the level of skill/expertise involved in welding processes is top-notch.
From the above discussion, you need not have qualms about enlisting the services of fabrication specialists who use robotic welding.