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Fig. 1 — An operator performs a gas metal arc weld using the Tele-Welding system. The operator is remote from the robot and process.

Remote Manufacturing Redefines the Skilled Workforce

American industry has a rich history of embracing innovation. The advent of remote work is moving the manufacturing industry toward the future, helping it to define Industry 5.0. Evolving Tele-Manufacturing™ technologies are transforming the skilled human workforce and redefining it for the next revolution in industry. 

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Recently, there were news stories about a failed hand tool factory in Texas. The articles focused on the failure of Americans to build things in the United States and the failure of robotic systems.

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Determining the Cost of Welding

In part one of this article in the January 2024 Welding Journal, three basic methods for computing welding costs were presented: cost per unit, cost per length, and cost per weight.

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Weld Setting Optimization for Collaborative Robots

There are many videos showcasing how collaborative robots, or cobots as they’re commonly known, can weld. What is not always shown and less understood is how to maximize welding efficiency with cobots. Optimizing weld settings when using a cobot can increase productivity and quality and reduce costs.

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Hot Job Opening: Cobot Champion

We’ve all heard about the skilled labor gap that American manufacturers are facing. Many of us are living it. 

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Aluminum Q&A

Q: What shielding gas is the most appropriate to use when arc welding aluminum? I have been told by some that I should use pure argon and by others that helium is the best. I plan on using the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) processes. Can I use the same shielding gas for each process, and if so, what should it be?

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Why Fabricators Continue to Choose Automated Arc Welding

A good part of my job is spent traveling to fabrication and manufacturing companies throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Research papers must be submitted through Editorial Manager, where you will find more information on submission guidelines and author responsibilities. The Welding Journal Impact Factor (JIF) for 2022 is 2.2. Please email wjrs@aws.org if you have any questions.

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