Airgas, Inc. has announced that its Advanced Fabrication Technologies group will attend and exhibit at FABTECH 2015 in Chicago, Illinois next week.

Held from 9th – 12th November, FABTECH will see Airgas’ welding and fabrication experts on-hand to demonstrate and discuss the innovative systems available for rent or lease through its Red-D-Arc Welderentals company.

The exhibit will also demonstrate a live robotic system able to cut with plasma and weld, as well as orbital welding and end-prep equipment and accessories.

Airgas and Red-D-Arc representatives will be on-hand to discuss these technologies, plus provide an overview of vending equipment and strategies that help its customers control the consumption of many consumable products.

“FABTECH offers us a fantastic venue to showcase the products and services we provide to help customers succeed in their own markets,” said Jeff Cass, Airgas Vice-President – Manufacturing and Metal Fabrication Markets.

Airgas experts will also present the Unlocking the Hidden Cost of Welding programme, featuring demonstrations and information on improving welding efficiency.

The programme focuses on assessing the economics of customer welding processes to determine where savings in time and money, as well as enhanced product quality, may be achieved. This has so far proven successful, as Rob Tessier, Airgas Director of Advanced Fabrication, explained, “Our Unlocking the Hidden Cost of Welding programme has been very successful in providing our metal fabrication customers with strategies to achieve their bottom-line goals and increase profitability through improved productivity.”

“We look forward to discussing this program with FABTECH attendees so that they too can better understand and control some of these hidden costs.”

Praxair has revealed that it will also be showcasing its technologies at FABTECH 2015, debuting its first-of-its-kind Robotic Cutting System, the Praxair ProStar™ PRS900. Praxair will demonstrate how this breakthrough metal-cutting technology can help customers lower equipment investment, cut labour expenses and minimise operating costs – all while improving product quality and productivity.

“Put simply, Praxair’s new PRS900 system provides fabricators with the ability to do much more with much less,” said Craig Camp, Praxair Cutting Machine Manager. “The system’s modular design allows operators to use one machine to cut structural tube and beam as well as 2-D plate and domes. Additionally, its true complex 3-D movement and ability to create, share and acquire evolving cutting parameters online, using the proprietary PRS900 cutting system’s web-based operator interface, provide users with new flexibility.”