How the Future of Welding Could Look Like
Welding is a very important industry in contemporary times. It might not look like it, but there is a lot that depends on welders. Besides joining two pieces of metal together, welding also bonds the world around us.
But what does the future of welding bring?
People don’t really realize how much potential welding actually has. There is a lot of room for development both in training and the equipment. As is the case with all the industries that we have today, welding too is going through its renaissance and expansion.
Here is what the future of welding might look like.
More People Might Start Doing it
he potential of welding is great, especially if you are looking for a lucrative line of work. Welding is a high-risk job but it also a high-paid job, with welder’s salary going well over the average limit. With the expansion of technology that we see in front of us every day, not a lot of people are actually taking up welding. This might lead to a shortage of welders.
This might happen in the beginning but we should expect a boom in the industry. This is more than likely going to happen after the shortage as the need for them is going to demand a higher price. Higher pay also means more interest from the people.
Not only that, but women welders are also getting into the trade. We are seeing an increased amount of girls joining the welding industry. Some ten years ago, there were only 4% of women welders working. The number has already increased but a bigger boom is predicted to happen in the future.
I Robot Welder
Like most industries, welding is also striving towards automatization. Robot welders are starting to take over as advanced ones are being developed each day. Welding is a dangerous industry. There are a lot of accidents that happen in various work sites. So having robots do the dirty work for people will ensure safety.
However, these robots are not advanced enough to completely take over. Much of them are remotely operated by humans. People are not going to be taken out of the equation, that is for sure, but we are probably going to see independent robot welders for a long time into the future.
Plasma cutters that operate with enormous energy and heat are the first ones that are being created. They don’t need so much human assistance and are more precise under robotic guidance. Welding still needs a bit of fine-tuning and there are added things that robots are still not advanced enough to handle.
Automatization Also Means Safety
Achieving automatization in the welding industry is one thing. Moving faster and working better is what automatization brings. If we add quality to it we get the entire package. That is what they are trying to do but it seems that it is going to take more time to achieve quality with automatization.
But what they can do is to provide more safety for the workers. An automated process will ensure that people are not involved so much in the most dangerous welding processes.
New safety equipment is also being developed and there are added measures to protect the workforce. Safety technology is also evolving and it involves the usage of advanced auto-darkening helmets as well as body protection.
So don’t worry, until full automatization is achieved, our workers are still protected with new gear that ensures a clean bill of health.
Welding is not going to go away, it is only going to evolve. Human workers are still going to be doing it, they will never be completely replaced by robots. But there are good signs that we as a society are still investing and evolving in the fields that are crucial for the development of our race.