Will AI be a part of welding in the future?
The future of welding is now. It is no surprise that automation and robotics improves the welding industry. However, will there ever be a time when there is no longer a need for human’s to be around during the welding process? That, we’re not so sure of. At nexAir, we are rooting for our customers and want nothing more than to see them Forge Forward in every task, however big or small, that they take on. Lean in to our KnowHow on AI and automation to learn more about the evolving industry.
What is the difference between AI and automation?
First thought is that AI and automation are the exact same thing. So, it’s already a big part of the welding industry, right? Don’t be mistaken. AI and automation actually have a distinct difference – and it can get pretty confusing. Let us lay it out.
AI, or artificial intelligence, makes a decision based on the learning from experience and information it receives. This process is all about setting up the robots to make their own decisions. It is basically making the machines smart enough to simulate human thinking.
Automation, on the other hand, is about setting up the robots to follow a set of predefined rules. The robot is not making any of the decisions – it is just completing the tasks. This method is great at simplifying and speeding up the welding process. However, a human welder is needed to observe and control pretty much at all times!
Benefits of Automation
- Consistent and superior product quality
- Increases productivity
- Decreases workload
- Employee retention
- Decreases operating costs
- Enhanced work safety
- Lower environmental footprint
Will AI take over the industry?
Short answer, no. AI will not completely take over the welding industry. There will always be a need for skilled (human) welders to make vital decisions on the more complex and intricate projects. However, automated welding is and will continue to make the welders life way easier than it was before, and should definitely be taken advantage of. When it comes to artificial intelligence and technology, be on the lookout! There is always room for new and improved welding techniques that make the welders job less difficult and more efficient.
How nexAir Can Play a Role in Your Welding Success
From equipment rental to live demos and training, our KnowHow can help you advance your automation skills, overall productivity and save your company money from the start. If you are interested in learning more about our automation tools and processes, please feel free to reach out – we’d love to guide you in the right direction. In an industry that is quickly evolving, allow nexAir to be your constant. Let’s Forge Forward, together!
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