In focus…Cutting, welding and automation


With difficulty finding and onboarding appropriately skilled welders, many companies have started automating as much as possible. So, does this mean automation is still the biggest trend in the cutting and welding industry?

Both Scott Huber, Key Accounts Manager for Abicor Binzel, and Michael Flagg, Manager of Application Engineering for Lincoln Electric, think so and say the reason automation is trending so much right now is because of a lack of skill in the workplace.

Welding automation can help companies address labour shortages in the coming year and beyond. The industry is facing a deficit of nearly 400,000 welding operators by the year 2024, but companies still need to produce just as many parts, or more, to remain competitive. Robots can help.

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