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A typical project for ARC Specialties begins when a customer goes to the company with a manufacturing problem. Working with the customer, the staff will propose a solution. In some cases, ARC needs to prototype the system before a complete proposal is possible. In the ARC research facility, a full testing and technical setup allows the technology services staff to work with tools from stereo lithography welding systems to racecar camshaft welds. Frequently, this ability to develop a process before a full-blown manufacturing system is built will allow ARC to improve the final machine and shorten the delivery time. ARC Specialties builds on three basic platforms, programmable logic controllers (PLC), machine tool controller (CNC) and 6 axis robots. The ARC6 robotic welding robot is one of the last remaining robots designed and build in the USA. No one technology solves all manufacturing problems. Generally ARC will choose a PLC if given a process problem. PLCs are fast and reliable—when the motion requirements exceed that of a PLC, ARC selects a CNC controller. When ARC is presented with a problem that requires 6 axes of motion, the company will use an articulated arm.

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Explore ‘Robotics in Business’ with RIA Member ARC Specialties

POSTED 10/28/2020

American manufacturing is falling behind, largely due to an inability to compete with other countries around the globe on the axis of cheap labor – but there’s a solution in sight.

By leveraging robots and automation, America can maintain its standard of living, elevate human labor to positions of innovation, and close the widening global manufacturing gap with solutions that tackle the dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs in our society.

Dan Allford, President of RIA member ARC Specialties, is here to tell you how.

In ARC Specialties’ latest educational course, titled “Robotics in Business” and presented and produced by MarketScale, Allford guides learners through the origins of automation, the future of robots, and the upcoming American manufacturing Renaissance he sees just over the horizon.

Learning Goals of ‘Robotics in Business’

As you move through the course, Allford will share the expertise he’s gained over more than four decades navigating the evolving landscape of manufacturing and automation, outlining:

  • The origins of robots and how they came to be
  • The three laws that began in science fiction, yet still govern robotics today
  • The different types of robots and their unique purposes and advantages
  • The step-by-step journey ARC undertakes to craft a robot for a given vision and goal
  • How to select the right automation solutions to keep your organization competitive
  • How the U.S. can close the efficiency gap with the rest of the world and kick off a bright manufacturing future

Get Started with ‘Robotics in Business’ Today

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