Northwest Steel Fab Preassembles Profit Through Robotic Production

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 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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