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Robotic Welding For Water Storage Tank Manufacturing: 5 Key Benefits

Welded metal water storage tanks are always in demand and have applications ranging from small, domestic water heaters to massive, industrial-scale mining operations. However, any welded water storage tank lives and dies on the quality of its welds, and even minor imperfections in a weld can seriously shorten a tank's useful service life.

With this in mind, it makes sense that many water storage tank manufacturers are investing in automated processes. Robotic welding solutions can be especially useful for manufacturers of welded water storage tanks. Robotic welding has many advantages over manual welding performed by skilled personnel. Here are five ways that investing in robotic welding infrastructure can benefit your tank manufacturing business:

Consistent Quality

Welding robots work with a level of precision and consistency that humans are physically incapable of matching. As long as it is properly maintained and programmed, a robotic welder will create perfect welds with no imperfections, deformations, or air bubbles, first time, every time. This obviously has massive quality control benefits, and the long-term reliability of your tanks will keep your customers happy.

Continuous Operation

Unlike human welders, robotic welding equipment can operate on a near-continuous basis, around the clock, with only brief breaks needed for maintenance and recalibration. The ability to weld continuously for long periods can benefit water tank manufacturers of all stripes — large custom tanks for specialized applications can be assembled much more quickly, while manufacturers of smaller, modular tanks can massively increase their output.

Avoid Labor Shortages

Welding is a skilled trade that requires years of training and experience, and finding enough welders to keep a large-scale manufacturing operation running can be difficult at the best of times. This is doubly true if you manufacture water tanks from aluminum, copper, or other non-ferrous metals, which can only be effectively welded with specialized equipment and training.

With the country currently struggling with a historic labor shortage, keeping enough welders on the payroll may be even more difficult, and there has never been a better time to automate your operations.

Lower Running Costs

Welding robots also have enough useful advantage over human welders — they don't need to be paid. Robotic welding equipment has unavoidable running costs, but will still cost your business significantly less than a team of human welders capable of performing the same functions. 

Minimize Safety Risks

Welding operations are always dangerous, and welding large-scale metal tanks on a fast-paced assembly line can be very hazardous for human welders and associated personnel. Robotic welding equipment is immune to injury and fatigue, and is robust enough to shrug off accidental collisions with tank components and other machinery. 

For more information on robotic welding, contact a company like Hirebotics