By William G. Beazley, PhD
Robotic workstations are finding multiple applications in pipe and vessel fabrication, say exhibitors and speakers at HOUSTEX 2017. “Many subtractive technologies such as oxy fuel cutting, plasma gouging and drilling and tapping and polishing benefit from the 3 dimensional capability of robotics,” said Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties in Houston. Additive technologies, such as weld surfaces and thermal sprays are used for cladding, repairs and wear protection. The 3D versatility and programmability of robots with the expanding choices of end effector tooling makes it an ideal choice for the one-off custom fabrication industry.