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The Roboticist Chronicles
17 minutes | May 26, 2022
TRC -Dan's Business Secrets Episode:00
33 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Co-Opertition with Mush Khan of Alchemy Industrial
28 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Bruce Arnold: Advanced American Technology Inc.
Join your favorite roboticist as he sits down with Bruce Arnold, President of Advanced American Technology Inc.. Advanced American Technology does government contracting with the Department of Defense. Bruce Arnold, originally from Orange, Texas, has many years of experience in manufacturing engineering.
22 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
ARC Specialties Welcomes Trey Parrish of Bird Dog Industrial Solutions LLC.
Dan Allford welcomes Trey Parrish of Bird Dog Solutions LLC. to the team in today's episode. Trey Parrish' Owner/President of Bird Dog Industrial Solutions LLC., has been in or around the welding industry for 20+ years and met Dan during a company turn-around on the west coast. This merger will help ARC Specialties introduce more automation into the oil and gas industry.Trey ParrishMobile: 803-448-4510Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact Johnny Tyler (email@example.com) if you are interested in being a guest on The Roboticist Chronicles.
24 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Fabtech 2021: Show Floor Report
This episode of The Roboticist Chronicles is brought to you from the show floor of FABTECH 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Dan sits down with his fellow exhibitors, BUG-O Systems, ATI, and XIRIS Automation, and discusses the tradeshow's state since the pandemic and what new exciting products and initiatives are on the horizon.
27 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Interview with a Materials Testing Lab Manager
On this week’s episode of The Roboticist Chronicles, Dan Allford is joined by Matthew Brinkman, President of Welding Consultants LLC..
52 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
The Challenges of Arc Video Monitoring
On this week’s episode of The Roboticist Chronicles, Dan Allford is joined by Cameron Serles, President of XIRIS Automation, Inc... As they talk about the history of arc video monitoring, the various technical applications involved, and how XIRIS does it differently, and why it is better.
49 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
The Walking How It's Made Guys
Join Gary Kowalski, Senior District Manager at FANUC AMERICA, and Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties, as they reminisce on some of their past projects. They will go over some of their failure, successes, and proudest achievements in the robotics industry.
51 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Criticality of Fit Up in Welding Automation Applications with Dave Hebble
What is good fit-up? And why is it crucial to the success of a welding project? Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties and the host of Roboticist Chronicles, meets with Dave Hebble, ARC Specialties’ Technical Services Manager, to expand on the idea of fit-up and explain it to the rest of the company. The two have worked together since the late 70s, with Hebble acting as Allford’s mentor ever since. You can trace a lot of robotic system failures to poorly fitted parts, explain Allford. “With machining, you impose your will on the part. You take the part and you remove everything you don’t want… In welding, the part imposes its will on you. In other words, the shape of the part we can’t change – we just have to deal with it.” Hebble also touched on defining the scope and flow of a welding project before getting started on it. “What is good fit up?” he asked. “Good fit up means something different to each person, so before you start, that needs to be defined.” Allford added that, to him, fit up meant three things: joint accuracy, fixture accuracy and robot accuracy. All of those things could potentially add even more confusion to the process, emphasizing the importance of defining the flow. “Before you can figure out which problem to fix, you’ve got to figure out which problem you have,” he said. Subscribe to ARC Specialties’ Roboticist Chronicles podcast to learn more about the nuts and bolts of robots, automation, and the implications of an evolving machine workforce.
45 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
The Future of Robotics in a Post-Pandemic World
Because they deal primarily with physical products, anyone in manufacturing knows that the industry as a whole has taken a hit from the effects of the pandemic. “But COVID isn’t the only crisis that has occurred in the robotics industry,” revealed Robert Little, Founder, and CEO of ATI. “What people are not familiar with is the decline in automotive since 2017 – a decline worldwide in the investment in automotive robotics.”
31 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Are COVID Lockdowns Worth the Economic and Societal Consequences
Oh boy. Now they’ve really gone and done it. Arc Specialties President Dan Allford always enjoys getting a little spicy on The Roboticist Chronicles, but in this edition it’s a full-on spirited debate with host Tyler Kern. You may have heard back-and-forth about lockdowns, which most nations have implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic to stem the spread of the deadly virus, but very few started with a three-pawed lion in Zambia.
18 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Understanding Marketing's Critical Role in the Automation Age
Johnny Tyler, Marketing and Design Specialist at Arc Specialties, has seen many companies adopt an unambitious marketing strategy – or, worse, not even draw out a strategy at all – rather than invest resources in something that can make even a small company a globally known name in the internet age.
19 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Lockheed's Skunk Works Business Philosophy in Practice
Every business approaches how they work in a unique way. Each has a philosophy and culture, and each approach has its merits; some more successful than others. But why? On this episode of The Roboticist Chronicles, we talked business philosophy with Dan Allford, president of ARC Specialties. ARC Specialties has sound technology, but they still need a corporate structure to execute it. Allford, who had years of technical training but only one business class, wanted to create something that worked at ARC Specialties. Instead of reading books on the latest fads, he followed people. And one that inspired him the most was Lockheed Martin’s founder Kelly Johnson and his Skunk Works philosophy. What is Skunk Works? It is the name of Lockheed’s Advanced Development Program and has become a business philosophy applied to many, many industries. It’s based around creating groups within an organization and allowing them a high degree of autonomy. “What I appreciate about Johnson and Skunk Works is that it’s about empowering project managers and giving them the ability to control their destiny," Allford said. While working in automation and robotics, you might assume that it isn’t people-centered. The human portion, or the "team," is the most significant part according to Allford. “We reward people based on what they create, not who they manage,” he said. “A good manager hires the right people, gives them a task, tools, resources and lets them do what they do best.” That’s how ARC Specialties runs, stripping out layers of bureaucracy and focusing on the task. It also allows the company to remain nimble in the marketplace and exchange ideas. It even allows Allford's employees to tell him when he’s wrong!
19 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
From a Small Garage to Big Success: The Story of ARC Specialties
From its inception in 1983 to now, ARC Specialties has become a case study in the growth of an American entrepreneurial endeavor. Company President Dan Allford took the business out of a garage and has since turned the automated manufacturing systems provider into an international enterprise. On the first episode of The Roboticist Chronicles, host Tyler Kern sat down with Allford to explore the history of ARC Specialties and analyze how its trials and tribulations reflect growth and challenges within the industry. Continuity and steady growth kept ARC on an upward trajectory over the decades, and Allford said that sometimes it is not about what a company does, but what it does not do. “As long as you keep your mistakes commensurate with the size of your business, you’ll survive. So, while we were small, we made small mistakes, and we survived,” Allford said. ARC has endured the globalization of manufacturing which has seen jobs leave the United States, but Allford said the industry is entering a renaissance in America today. Certainly, that is a welcome sight to Allford, who after almost forty years still has an unwavering passion for welding and manufacturing. “I still like building things,” he said. “The only thing better than building something is building something that builds something.” After creating jobs in more than 20 countries, Allford’s greatest build may not be a product but an exemplary company.
13 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
Tech, Teamwork & Trade: Collaboration in Intelligent Manufacturing
As integrated solutions like automation, robotics, and process development become more and more integrated in the manufacturing industry, we decided to sit down with Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties, to get some insight on his industry and break down just why “manufacturing became cool again.”
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