Northwest Steel Fab Preassembles Profit Through Robotic Production

NORTHWEST STEEL FAB, INC. PREASSEMBLES PROFIT THROUGH ROBOTIC PRODUCTION

In 2010, the American Welding Society (AWS) reported a shortage of 200,000 welders in the United States and projected by 2026 that number will nearly double at 372,000. Fast forward to 2020, the industry is now predicting a shortage of 400,000 welders by 2024. One thing that is constant and growing, the industry-wide shortage of skilled workers.

The AWS further noted approximately 500,000 skilled welders are, on average, in their mid-50s and will soon retire at a more rapid rate than replacements can fill the vacancies. When assembly and welding can take up as much as half of the time to process a structural steel beam, what’s a fabrication firm to do?

 

 

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